Shrimp and bacon pair in quick dish

  • Article by: JOE GRAY , Chicago Tribune
  • Updated: January 23, 2013 - 1:59 PM

BILL HOGAN • Chicago Tribune Bacon-Fat-Fried Shrimp

Shrimp and bacon, two splurge items in my house, the former for the cost, the latter for the caloric toll, come together here for an indulgent-tasting dish.

Wanting something fun and special for dinner, I picked up a pound of the biggest shrimp offered at the store’s fish counter. The superplump crustaceans would be treat enough themselves, but I wanted more. The answer: Sauté the beauties in bacon fat.

Yet, using just a little bacon, at about 70 calories and 6 grams of fat per slice, added a lot of flavor without taking the dish over the top. We split the dish between two of us, but a more realistic cook might make the recipe for four diners. (With that in mind, I increased the fennel to two bulbs and raised the amount of rice, as well.)

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