Friday, May 7, 2010

Bacon Sizzled Shrimp - SHRIMP WEEK Day 6

At last - the end is near... But then again, too near to mention...

Oh, wait, I just did mention the end of Shrimp Week is coming up tomorrow.  Shrimp week, we hardly knew ye.

But before you get too depressed, here is a real winner!  Did someone say bacon???

Most of this recipe came from a Bobby Flay Throwdown TV show.  That is one of my favorite series to watch.  Love the idea of similar dishes, each cook showing their own favorites.

Here's what I did...

1 pound shrimp (for this recipe, I used the largest I could find at a reasonable price)

4 slices crispy Bacon, chopped (SAVE THE GREASE)
Juice of one Lemon
2 tbs fresh chopped Cilantro
2 tbs fresh minced Garlic
1/4 cup sliced Green Onions, thinly sliced

As with all the other shrimp recipes this week, everything cooks and comes together fast.  So Mise en Place is very important.  That is, have everything diced, chopped, minced and close before you add the shrimp to the hot oil.

First thing, cook the bacon.  Once it is cooked, remove from the oil and break up the bacon to bits.

Now we cook the shrimp in the HOT bacon grease!  

When you put them in the grease, stand back as they do sizzle...  Add the cilantro and the garlic.  Sauté away for only 2-3 minutes.  The shrimp gets plenty hot.

Plate and add the bacon, green onions and lemon juice! 

I served this with an incredible polenta... Feta cheese, balsamic vinegar and smoked paprika... And some of the bacon from the shrimp  accidentally was added to the polenta (lucky accident).  But that's a post for another day.

Out on our deck, listen to the stories of the outside world (simple salad of tomato slices and some amazing marinated mozzarella cheese).  And tonight we drank a "Dirty Arnie" (3 parts lemonade, 1 part FIREFLY brand sweet tea infused vodka)

And for dessert, an ARIZONA SUNSHINE LEMON TARTLETTE, but that is also a post for another day...


  1. You're killing me with all this good looking shrimp. How much is a plane ticket to get me down there :-).

  2. what a lovely meal with all these fresh shrimps!

  3. Another great shrimp dish Dave! My mouth is watering!
    I'm with Big Dude- one ticket to the Virgin Islands please!!

  4. You can't go wrong with shrimp, bacon and a terrific cocktail! this is so my type of meal and atmosphere.

  5. Hi Dave! I love how you said "did anyone say bacon?"

    I too love The throwdown with Bobby Flay, that's one of my favorites too! You can get a lot of great ideas from that show!

    Your balcony looks amazing with all that great food! You are a lucky man!!

  6. This shrimp looks divine, cher, and I'm sure that it is! And that Polenta, Lemon Tartlette and Dirty Arnie! Well, let's just say that my mouth is watering! You really outdid yourself on this one, mon ami! Happy Weekend!

  7. Shrimp week may be over...but somehow I don't think it will be the end of shrimp on your blog!

    Love the sound of this polenta. Oh my good.

  8. Bacon and shrimp, married at the hip, don't even need a dip!

  9. Everything sounds and looks so good. I'll have to try a "Dirty Arnie". Perfect for a summer dinner on the deck! Yum!

  10. This looks amazing! And the dirty Arnie sounds like a great addition to any meal! :)

  11. I just decided to leave off shrimp (after 3 posts of my own) and then you do this. Okay, I can eat and not post - I think I can still manage to do that.... Looks delicious - and love the Dirty Arnie!

  12. Mmm, the shrimp look wonderful, but that polenta looks amazing! Can't wait to hear that recipe!