Labor Day is a great opportunity to have one last summer soiree as we prepare for fall and the fun of football tailgating. This week's recipe is a party-perfect crowd pleaser that can be prepared in a snap. So, whether it's Labor Day or Game Day, forget about work for a few hours and arrange a date with some shrimp and bacon. Your guests will be wowed from the first bite.
This week's recipe: Bacon and Date Wrapped Shrimp with Cilantro Lime Sauce
What You Need:
5 jumbo wild gulf shrimp, peeled and deveined
5 pitted medjool dates
5 half strips maple-smoked bacon
1 lime, juiced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 handfulls cilantro
1/2 cup sour cream
2 green onions, sliced, as garnish (optional)
Why we like it:
This flavor-packed combination of sweet, salty and smoky comes from Chef Edward Dawod at our Libertyville location. It's his number one pick for an easy-to-prepare, yet still elegant party food, and best of all, it's ready for the oven in just a few minutes. We can't think of a more irresistible treat to nibble on!
To begin, get all your ingredients neatly organized and ready to prep and preheat your oven to 350°F. If you grew up on the Bayou, you can probably peel and devein shrimp in your sleep, but for the rest of us these easy steps will make it a snap.
Hold the shrimp with one hand and start underneath where the legs are attached and peel the shell away leaving the tail section on. Using a paring knife, make a shallow slit down the middle of the back revealing the shrimp's black digestive vein. Remove the vein using the tip of the knife or rinse it off under cold water.
Sunset Shopper Tip: Pressed for time? Not to worry, call ahead and have our Seafood Department peel and devein your order for you.
Next butterfly the dates by making a careful incision lengthwise down one side of the date. Use your fingers and spread open the date and remove the pit.
Wrap each shrimp with one date and a half-slice of bacon, just like so:
How easy was that? Now pop the shrimp into you preheated 350°F oven for 18-20 minutes and prepare the sauce while the little darlings cook.
Finely chop up your cilantro and add it to a mixing bowl. Add in your minced garlic, salt, pepper, sour cream and lime juice. Mix all the ingredients together with a whisk and voilà, the sauce is done. Now that was easy. You even have time to refresh your drink and mingle.
To serve, spread the sauce on a plate and place each shrimp on top. Place the optional garnish of green onions in the middle and your dish is ready. Enjoy!