Grilled Stuffed Shrimp Wrapped in Bacon

I love grilled shrimp wrapped in bacon and this recipe fills that bill perfectly.  In fact, this shrimp recipe is so delicious, my son (who is the pickiest eater you have ever met) wanted to know when I was going to serve it again.  I know when he asks that question that I have a hit and I will be serving it many times.  The addition of the filling is an added flavor sensation.  Serve this with the Chimichurrie Sauce and a nice chardonnay or pinot gris and a fresh salad, sliced fresh avocado, and fresh limes for the perfect meal on a hot summer day.  (I think I will try this on chicken too.  I’ll let you know how it turns out.)

Grilled Bacon Shrimp plate 3

Grilled Stuffed Shrimp Wrapped in Bacon

1 – 2 lbs. large or colossal shrimp (shelled, deveined and butterflied)

8 oz cream cheese, softened

1 jalapeno, finely minced (if you don’t care for hot flavors, seed and devein the pepper)

2 cloves garlic, finely minced

1 green onion, finely minced

1/2 t smoked paprika

enough bacon to wrap each shrimp (I cut each slice of bacon in half)

tooth picks or small skewers to secure the bacon

HOW TO BUTTERFLY SHRIMP:  Take a clean, shelled and deveined shrimp and hold by the underneath side.  Carefully run a knife along the top edge, being careful not to cut all the way through.

How to butterfly a shrimp


Mix the cream cheese, jalapeno, garlic, green onion, and smoked paprika in a bowl.  Using a table knife, place a small amount of the cheese mixture in the cut area of the shrimp.

Stuffing a shrimp

Carefully stretch each slice of bacon and wrap around the stuffed shrimp being careful to cover the filling.

Wrapping Shrimp

After you have wrapped the shrimp in bacon, secure both ends with a tooth pick or skewer.  I like to put two shrimp per skewer.  This is perfect for an appetizer or multiple skewers for a main course.

Skewing Shrimp

After you have filled and wrapped all the shrimp, sprinkle with additional smoked paprika and refrigerate at least 30 minutes before grilling so the cheese has a chance to set up.  Grill at med. high heat until the bacon and shrimp are done (about 10 minutes).

Grilled Bacon Shrimp

Serve with fresh Chimchurrie, limes, and sliced avocado.

Grilled Bacon Shrimp plate 1  Grilled Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Shrimp as an appetizer.

Grilled Bacon Shrimp plate 2  Grilled Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Shrimp as a main course.



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