Recipes for a variety of bacon wrapped items that can be
served as appetizers or snacks. Includes bacon wrapped shrimp,
water chestnuts, olives, pickles, cheese, and tamales.
Bacon Wrapped Shrimp
Cook 1 pound medium-large shrimp in
boiling, salted water for about 5 minutes.
Drain, shell, and devein. Broil 1/2
pound thinly sliced bacon on one side only,
and drain. Cut each slice in half
crosswise. Mince 1 clove of garlic
and mix it with 1/2 cup of chile sauce.
Dip each shrimp into the sauce, wrap
in bacon, and fasten with a toothpick.
Appetizers can be refrigerated at this
point. Arrange the shrimp one inch
apart on a broiler rack and broil
on both sides until bacon is crisp on
Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts
Drain a 5 ounce can of water chestnuts.
Mix 1/4 cup of soy sauce with 12/4 cup of sugar.
Cut four slices of bacon in half lengthwise
and crosswise. Marinate water chestnuts
in soy sauce and sugar mixture for 30 minutes.
Roll water chestnuts in sugar, wrap with
bacon, fasten with a wooden toothpick,
and bake in a 400 degree oven for about 20 minutes.
drain on paper towels. If they cool, they
can be reheated in a 350 degree oven for
about 5 minutes.
Bacon Wrapped Olives, Pickles, or Cheese
Cut bacon into halves lengthwise, and
then into halves or thirds crosswise,
depending on the size of the item you will
wrap. Wrap each piece of bacon around a stuffed
green olive, an olive stuffed with finely minced
onion, a small piece of sweet pickle, or a cube
of cheese spread with mustard. Fasten with a
wooden toothpick. Arrange on a rack above a baking sheet,
or directly on the baking sheet if you
don't have a rack. Bake in a 450 degree oven
until the bacon is crisp.
Bacon Wrapped Tamales
Cut canned tamales into 1 or 1.5 inch
pieces. Wrap each piece in a strip of
bacon and fasten with a wooden toothpick.
Bake at 500 degrees until bacon is crisp.