- 2 pounds 6-8 shrimp
- ¼ cup melted butter or margarine
- ¼ pound crab (imitation is okay)
- 1 small onion or 2 green onions
- 1 stalk celery
- 1 cup breadcrumbs
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon dry mustard
- 1 pound thin-sliced bacon
- Dash of cayenne pepper
- Wooden toothpicks
- Preheat the broiler or prepare the grill for direct cooking.
- Clean, devein, and butterfly the shrimp. Set aside.
- Prepare the crab stuffing. Chop the crab, onion, and celery fine – a food processor works well for this. Mix with the breadcrumbs, the egg, salt, cayenne, and mustard. Add the melted butter and mix well.
- Assemble the bacon-wrapped, crab-stuffed shrimp. Drape a strip of bacon diagonally across your palm. Cross the bacon with one of the shrimp – cut side up and opened flat. Place a heaping tablespoon of the stuffing on the shrimp and form it into a little log. Wrap the ends of the bacon strip to cover the stuffing. Secure the whole thing with a couple of toothpicks through the bacon and the body of the shrimp. Set aside and repeat until you run out of shrimp.
Lay the shrimp out in a single layer on your broiler pan. Broil until just done – about 4 minutes on the first side and 3 minutes on the second. Do not overcook.
Place the shrimp on a grill screen. You’d hate to drop one through the grill. Broil until just done – about 4 minutes on the first side and 3 minutes on the second. Do not overcook.
Makes: 4-6 servings • Total Time: 20 minutes
About the Chef
Name of Chef: Woodrow Wilson
Family: Widower with two sons, five grandsons, and a girlfriend – all local
Community: Lake San Marcos
Hobbies & Interests: Novelist and public speaker
Favorite Local Activity: Toastmasters
About the Chef: Woodrow Wilson is a retired rocket scientist, a retired Toastmaster executive, and a relapsed workaholic. He is a Caltech Ph.D. chemist who brings creativity out of the lab and into your life. Fifty years of kitchen creativity are captured in his The Champagne Taste/Beer Budget Cookbook. Guests love his crab-stuffed bacon-wrapped shrimp. You will too. His original recipes will brighten your day from brunch to dinner. His science fiction and medical fiction will keep you awake half the night.