I live a short drive from Mayport, FL, one of the state's best shrimping towns. There is a fleet of fishing boats that brings in fresh shrimp every day. I was not surprised when the guy behind the fish counter at my local Publix told me that the fresh shrimp I was buying came from there. I sort of expected it. The Florida waters abound in wonderful shrimp.
There are four kinds of shrimp harvested off the coasts of Florida, brown, white, rock and pink. This time of year, we are mostly eating white shrimp. Brown shrimp is more plentiful in the summer. Rock and pink shrimps are found in the deeper waters farther off the coasts.
I often make shrimp dishes for dinner. There are so many great ideas for using Fresh from Florida shrimp for main dishes. This time of year, though, as the holiday parties are in full swing, my thoughts turned toward appetizers. With their handy little tails, shrimp make great finger food, whether they are plain with sauce or wrapped in something as wonderful as bacon.
This is a simple dish that goes together with little effort. Once your shrimp is clean, simply wrap it in par-baked bacon that has been brushed with honey and sprinkled with garlic powder. Once it's crispy, you are in for a wonderful treat. Use thin cut bacon, not thick, as you don't want to overpower the shrimp.
Bacon Wrapped Shrimp:
1 pound fresh shrimp, deveined, peeled, leaving the tail whole
12 oz thin cut bacon
1/4 cup honey
2 tsp garlic powder
Instructions: Par-bake bacon for 10 minutes at 400 degrees on a wire rack placed in a foil lined rimmed baking sheet. Remove bacon from the oven and cool enough to be able to handle it. Cut each strip of bacon in half crosswise. Brush them with the honey and sprinkle them liberally with garlic powder. Wrap each shrimp with a slice of bacon and secure it with a wooden toothpick. Place them back on the wire rack and bake for another 5 minutes. Switch on the broiler. Broil for up to 5 minutes or until bacon is crispy.
What are your favorite ways to prepare shrimp? Do you buy it cooked or raw? Fresh or frozen?