How much "yum" can you pack into one bite?  Plenty, with this sweet and smoky appetizer.

Basil Stuffed Shrimp Wrapped in Bacon

  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 2 tsp crushed
    red pepper
  • 1 lb large shrimp
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 1½ Tbsp Parmesan cheese
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 16 pieces bacon, thinly sliced

Preparation  Serves 8 as an appetizer 

Preheat oven to 400°F. 

Mix olive oil and crushed red pepper in small bowl and set aside. 

Peel and devein shrimp, leaving tails on. Butterfly shrimp by cutting a slit along the back and gently pressing open.

Combine basil, Parmesan and garlic in a small bowl. Place basil mixture evenly in shrimp openings;
press shrimp closed.

Cook bacon over medium heat until partially cooked. Drain on paper towels.

Wrap each shrimp with 1 slice bacon, and place on greased baking sheet.

Brush infused olive oil over shrimp and bake for 8 to 9 minutes.