Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Bacon Wrapped Shrimp

Happy April Fool's day. It seems like Google is playing another April Fool's joke on Gmail. This year, they claim to have a new function that let's you send email with time stamp from the past. If you forget to send birthday wish or anniversary note, you can set your email sent time to whenever, and claim that you did actually sent it. I liked last year's joke better, where they claimed that they can print all of your emails and ship it to you for free.

Now, onto today's recipe. This one is super easy, and at the same time super good, and popular at BBQs. Whenever there's a BBQ potluck, we are usually asked to bring this. Bacon wrapped shrimp is a great izakaya menu and goes excellent with ice cold beer. And don't worry, this is a legit recipe (not an April Fool's joke).

IN JAPANESE: Ebi no bacon maki
CATEGORY: Meat, Seafood
SERVES: 4 people

16 shrimp peeled (see TIP: Shrimp)
8 slices of bacon
4-8 mushrooms (optional)
8-12 asparagus (optional)
1 TBsp sake (optional)
salt & pepper (optional)

Cut the slices of bacon into half. The portion of bacon and shrimp should look like the photo here. Place the shrimp on top of the bacon and just wrap it up. If you are going to be using the BBQ grill, I recommend using the toothpick to hold it into place. If not, just place it on baking sheet. Both the shrimp and bacon are salty enough so you don't need to add salt.

If you want some veggies, I recommend grilling some mushrooms and asparagus with the bacon wrapped shrimp. On the mushroom, sprinkle some salt and pepper, and on the asparagus, sprinkle salt and pepper, but also pour a bit of sake (1 TBsp for about 10 asparagus) if you will be grilling in your oven.

If you are using your oven, set it to broil and cook for 5 to 10 minutes until the shrimp and the bacon looks crisp on the outside. If you are using a BBQ grill, both the shrimp and bacon cook much faster (usually 5 minutes will do) so stay by the grill for this one.


mirage2g said...

This is nice, I bought a teppanyaki (pan) and this would be perfect for it!

JW said...

> mirage2g
Wooo. Teppanyaki! That's so cool. I don't have one yet, but I bet that would be good for this one! The smell of bacon and shrimp cooking is so good. :)

barb said...

This looks very interesting.. My mom loves Japanese stuff so I'll add this to my cooking wish list and make it one of these days! :D

dandan said...

I love japanese food, i'm learning,hope one day i can make something nice.

Kimberly said...

This is awesome! I like your writing style. I'm looking forward to trying out your recipes. They look easy as you say. Plus you like good music too so I know I can trust you. haha. (Death Cab, Tegan & Sara, Cure)

kuki.hoshi said...

Wow, I will be trying this! One quick question, how long would it take grilled, but not on a BBQ?