Cheese-Stuffed Shrimp Wrapped in Bacon

Main Course

Recipe courtesy of Savoring Mexico

Serves 6 - 8

  • 1½ cups mayonnaise 
  • 3 chiles chipotles en adobo, finely chopped, with 1 teaspoon adobo sauce
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon minced lime zest
  • 12 medium-thick slices lean bacon, cut in half crosswise
  • 24 large shrimp, peeled, deveined, and butterflied, with tails attached
  • freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1½ cups shredded Manchego, Monterey Jack, or other good melting cheese 
  • about 4 tablespoons olive oil

Cheese-Stuffed Shrimp Wrapped in Bacon

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In a bowl or a food processor, combine the mayonnaise, chiles and adobo sauce, garlic, lime juice, and lime zest and stir or process to mix well. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

Lay as many bacon slices as will fit in a single layer in a large, heavy frying pan and cook over medium-low heat until opaque but still soft, about 5 minutes. Press down with a spatula to keep the bacon flat.Transfer to absorbent paper to drain. Wipe out the pan and repeat to cook the remaining bacon.

Dry the shrimp with paper towels. Sprinkle with pepper and stuff with the cheese. Push the sides together and wrap with a cooked bacon slice, covering all of the cheese so that it will not melt out. If necessary, secure with a toothpick. In the same frying pan over medium heat, warm 2 tablespoons of the oil. Add a few of the bacon-wrapped shrimp and fry, turning frequently and adding more oil as needed to prevent sticking, until the bacon is browned and the shrimp are pink, about 10 minutes. Transfer to absorbent paper. Repeat until all shrimp are fried.

Serve the shrimp on plates and accompany with the chipotle mayonnaise.

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