Sep 10, 2012

Shrimp in Bacon Blankets

Know how some people go all cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs over a shoe sale?  That's me when there's a sale on shrimp.  When I open the paper on Wednesday and see a shrimp sale, there's no stoppin' me.

Recently a local store had a deal on big, beautiful Gulf shrimp.

These babies deserved something hardcore.  A sprinkle of blackening seasoning.  A bacon blanket.  A bed of cheesy grits.


Royal treatment I'm talkin' about!

And talk about royal treatment...how's this for breakfast?

Zydeco Breakfast @ Cafe Des Amis featuring Joe Hall and the Louisiana Cane Cutters



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Blackened Bacon Shrimp on Cheesy Garlic Grits


olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 c chicken broth
salt and pepper, to taste
1 c grits
1 c grated cheese
2 Tbsp cream cheese

Add a splash of olive oil to a saucepan.  Briefly saute the garlic until fragrant.  Add the chicken broth and season to taste with salt and pepper (grits need a fair amount of salt).  Bring to a boil and whisk in the grits.  Simmer until grits are tender.  Remove from heat and stir in the cheeses.

While the grits cook, prepare the shrimp.

16 large shrimp, peeled
3/4 to 1 tsp blackening seasoning (see below)
8 slices bacon, cut in half

Heat broiler.  Place the blackening seasoning in a bowl.  Add the shrimp and toss.  Wrap a half slice of bacon around each shrimp.  Place on a pan and broil 5-7 minutes.  Flip the shrimp and broil another 5-7 minutes until the bacon has crisped and the shrimp are done.  Watch closely so nothing burns.

Spoon the grits into 4 bowls and top each with 4 shrimp.


Standard Blackening Seasoning
1 Tbsp paprika
1/2 Tbsp salt
1 Tbsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp onion powder
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp dried oregano

Combine all spices.  Store in an airtight container.  Makes about 1/3 cup.


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15 comments:

  1. It's breakfast time - but this looks so good right NOW! Pinned it :)

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing this at All my Bloggy Friends last week. I can't wait to see what you share tomorrow! :)

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  2. Oh man, this looks so good and my husband would love it!!!

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  3. Bacon and Shrimp - right up our alley! Yummm - pinning!!

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  4. Girl, you need a good spanking... showing off this mouthwatering marvel, teasing with such a sideshow at breakfast - why looks to me like dem folks had too much coffee...
    love, love grits - celebrated my birthday last weekend and of all the foods, of all the great seafood Mobile has to offer, I picked my favorite fish and grits ... thin flounder fried to perfection over creamy cheese grits and a nice pile of fried crab claws - had to tease you a bit too...

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  5. Reading the above comment is really making me chuckle;) Too funny!

    These shrimp look like they're just wrapped in love and all that is good.

    I have a similar dish planned for this week's IHCC.

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  6. What a breakfast! This looks like a great recipe that would be good at any meal, I just love the flavors and the music sure lifted my spirit! Hope you are having a great week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  7. Your seasoning recipe is making my mouth water! I love Gulf Shrimp - there's just nothing like them. We can't get them here in the UK, but whenever I'm in the Eastern US I look out for them. The bacon blankets are a wonderful idea too!

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  8. Stop ~ you are making me soooo hungry. I'm grabbing my purse and heading out the door to get some shrimp! Yummo girl!!

    Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

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  9. You are too funny about the shrimp sale. I guess you like "Forrest Gump." Fantastic over the grits thanks for sharing this recipe on foodie friday.

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  10. These look great! Wonderful to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

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  11. I have the same reaction when shrimp goes on sale. I go all silly for sea monkey.

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  12. Great recipe! Michelle. My sister and I made it the other day. So very good! I love visiting and cooking from your blog.

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  13. This is so good! I made it for my Valentine tonight!

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  14. I really love this recipe, Michelle!! Thanks for sharing with Simple Supper Tuesday!

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