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Bacon Wrapped Shrimp and Dates

Wrapping bacon around shrimp and dates before broiling keeps them moist during cooking and adds that ineffable bacon taste; pair them with blue cheese for a satisfying appetizer.

  • Yield: Makes 1 dozen of each

Source: Martha Stewart Living, September 2000

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili sauce
  • 12 pieces thinly sliced bacon (10 to 12 ounces)
  • 12 pitted dates
  • 12 large shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails left intact (12 ounces)

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk honey, soy sauce, sesame oil, and chili sauce.

  2. Heat broiler. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Cut 3 inches off each slice of the bacon. Wrap each 3-inch piece around a date, and place seam-side down on prepared baking sheet. Wrap each shrimp with a piece of the remaining long strips of bacon, trying not to overlap, and place seam-side down on the same baking sheet. Brush the tops of the dates and the shrimp with half the honey mixture.

  3. Broil until tops are well browned, about 4 minutes. Turn over dates and shrimp, brush with remaining honey mixture, and broil until well browned and shrimp are cooked through, rotating pan if necessary, about 4 minutes more. Remove dates if they are well browned before shrimp are done.

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