Shrimp en Brochette

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Ingredients

For the Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp:

  • 24 toothpicks (pre-soaked for about 20 minutes in water so that they don't burn up)
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 6 slices of bacon, cut in half crosswise, then again in half lengthwise (so that it makes 4 thin, shorter strips)
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and cut into thin strips
  • 2 tbsp cream cheese (For Whole30, you can either omit this OR use @kitehill dairy-free cream cheese)
  • 1 lb large tail-on shrimp (21/25 count)

For the Garlic-Butter Drizzle:

  • 2 tbsp ghee or ghee oil (you can sub butter if not Whole30)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp finely chopped fresh parsley leaves

Instructions

Make the Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp:

  • In a small bowl, combine the smoked paprika, garlic powder, chili powder, salt and pepper. Stir until well combined and set aside.
  • Take a piece of shrimp and butterfly the back of it open just wide enough for stuffing. (With a paring knife, slit the top of a shrimp down the middle, cutting almost but not all the way through to expose the vein that runs along the top of the shrimp. Open the shrimp like a book.)
  • Spread a small amount of the cream cheese (if using) into the crevice (about 1/4 tsp on each shrimp). Next, place a slice of jalapeno (you may need to cut it to shorten it). Next, close the shrimp so that it is no longer opened like a book, then sprinkle some of the spice mixture over the top of the stuffed shrimp. Wrap with bacon and secure with a toothpick.

Cook the Shrimp (using one of these 3 methods):

  • Air Fryer Method: Preheat the airfryer to 400 degrees for about 5 minutes. Place the shrimp in a single layer in the air fryer basket (you may need to do this in a multiple batches depending on the size of your air fryer) and air fry until the bacon is crisp and the shrimp is cooked through, 5 to 6 minutes.
  • Oven Baked Method: place the bacon-wrapped shrimp on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake in a preheated oven (at 400 degrees F) until the bacon is crisp and the shrimp is cooked through, about 15 minutes.
  • Grilled Method: Heat the grill over medium-high heat (about 400 degrees). Grill the bacon-wrapped shrimp until bacon is crisp and the shrimp is cooked through, about 3 minutes per side.

Make the Butter Drizzle:

  • After the shrimp is cooked through, set aside while you quickly prepare the butter drizzle. Heat a small skillet over medium heat with the ghee. Add the garlic and parsley and cook, stirring, until the garlic is very fragrant and tender, 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Drizzle the garlicky butter mixture over the cooked shrimp and serve immediately! Enjoy!