Bacon, Chicken and Shrimp Bites
Folks who know me know just how crazy I am for shrimp! I love it, I love it, I love it! Cold, hot, boiled, baked, steamed or fried....but in the end, it's grilled that slays me! Something about what a grill does to shrimp just does it for me...a true party in my mouth (and tummy too)! Funny how folks often say I am a hard person to buy a present for...wonder why no one ever thought of buying me a few pounds of big fat beautiful shrimp for my birthday...hey Santa...are you paying attention to this?
Years ago my sister was waitressing at a restaurant when they had an appetizer of bacon wrapped shrimp BUT...wait for it, it also had a chunk of chicken in that flavor filled bundle!
She recreated it for a gathering and I swear, I had a "food moment"!
You know what I am talking about - the one where you just close your eyes for a second as your taste buds are high-fiving one another and you just think about the flavor combinations mingling in your mouth and you are just so happy! THEN you snap out of it and you need to recreate that moment as fast as you can...so you quickly reach for another amazing morsel! Man! Gotta love a good food moment!
These are a little cumbersome to make but POW!! They sure are good!
Bacon, Shrimp & Chicken Bites
1 pound of raw 21-25 or larger shrimp, cleaned with tails removed
¾ pound of uncooked boneless chicken breasts cut into 1-inch pieces
Uncooked bacon about 1 pound (or more depending on the size of your shrimp)
You have a couple of options here, in the above photo I skewered the bundles with 2 skewers. It keeps them much more stable on the grill vs just using one. You can also use wooden toothpicks and make these one at a time. Just soak the toothpicks for 30 minutes prior to using. Your call.
Take 1 shrimp and wedge a piece of chicken just inter the curve of it. Wrap a slice of bacon around it the either skewer it or use a toothpick. Set aside.
When ready to grill, brush your bites with some of your favorite BBQ sauce, basting occasionally while grilling. Grill over med-high heat, turning once, for about 6-8 minutes or until your bacon is crispy.
Serve with a small bowl of barbecue sauce for dipping - and go ahead - lick your fingers...these are THAT good!
Wow. Three awesome flavors in one bite. My kind of food.