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Bacon-Wrapped Blue Cheese Shrimp

Blue cheese, bacon and basil pack big flavor into a couple of bites. To save time, you can assemble the skewers the night before and then serve them hot from the broiler on the day. —Vivi Taylor, Middleburg, Florida
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Cook: 10 min.
  • Makes
    16 appetizers

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 16 uncooked shrimp (16-20 per pound), peeled and deveined
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 16 cubes blue cheese (1/2 inch)
  • 16 fresh basil leaves
  • 8 bacon strips, halved
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh basil

Directions

  • Preheat broiler. Combine butter, garlic and pepper sauce. Cut a slit in each shrimp along the inside curve; flatten slightly. Sprinkle shrimp with salt and pepper. Press a cheese cube into slit. Wrap a basil leaf and bacon piece around each shrimp; secure with a toothpick.
  • Place shrimp on a greased rack of a broiler pan. Broil 6-8 in. from heat until shrimp turn pink and bacon is crisp, 5-6 minutes on each side, basting occasionally with butter mixture.
  • Arrange shrimp on a serving platter; sprinkle with celery, crumbled blue cheese and basil.
Nutrition Facts
1 appetizer: 88 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 47mg cholesterol, 230mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 7g protein.

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