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Sauteed shrimp in bacon grease?

I love a simple sauteed shrimp with butter, garlic and usually a dash or two of red pepper flakes but tonight spotted my jar of bacon grease and started plotting. Does anyone ever saute shrimp in bacon grease or would it overwhelm the flavor?

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  1. My go to dish is bacon wrapped shrimp stuffed with smoked gouda....three ingredients...IMO, bacon adds to the flavor of shrimp.

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    1. re: Cherylptw

      Totally agree with Cherylptw. OP could even take a slice of bacon, cut in thin slices, cook first in the drippings and add the shrimp at the end. Wish *I'd* done that last night as a matter of fact.

      1. re: Cherylptw

        Could you please supply a few more details....size of shrimp, cooking time and type....many thanks.

        1. re: angelsmom

          My apologies for not getting back to you until now; I use jumbo raw shrimp; peel but leave the tail on...devein and slice it deep enough to make a pocket for the cheese, which I shred but don't cut it in half. I don't measure the cheese but smoked gouda is my fav so I use stuff it. Wrap each shrimp in a half piece of bacon. I use apple wood smoked but peppered would be good too. Use thin sliced to make it easier to wrap. I start the winding from the top of the shrimp and tuck the end of the bacon under the shrimp. Place the shrimps seam side down on a parchment or baking paper lined sheet pan. Put in oven on 375 for 15-20 minutes or until bacon is crispy and fat has rendered.

        1. re: weezieduzzit

          I am perhaps the lone dissenter here. I think the shrimp is overwhelmed by bacon. I prefer a little olive oil, a little butter.

          1. re: magiesmom

            Depends on quality. If they were fresh or live, I would agree with you.

            1. re: Joebob

              They were fresh and I sauteed with just a tsp or so of bacon grease after marinating in garlic, dash of red pepper flakes, and Greek seasoning. They were delicious and might repeat tomorrow.

            2. re: magiesmom

              I think other things that are done with shrimp, i.e., cocktail sauce, garlic, breading adds far more flavor...and aren't bad things.

              1. re: c oliver

                Yea, I have to admit the bacon grease wasn't very noticeable among the other seasonings. There are many great things to do with shrimp which add a lot of flavor. I like bacon grease actually because it can add a subtle goodness that you can't really identify, umami if you will

                1. re: fldhkybnva

                  I'm sauteing some kale tonight and am adding some bacon drippings to the oo. Along with some mushrooms and shallots.

                2. re: c oliver

                  true, maybe I just don't like the combination. Now scallops and bacon is something I can get behind!

                3. re: magiesmom

                  No, you are not the lone dissenter.

                  I, too, find shrimp and bacon grease to be a bad combo.

                  Sort of like, "I like ice cream and I like asparagus, but I don't like asparagus ice cream."

              2. I don't use it straight up, but I'll add some to the butter and oil I'm using - I like that smokey bacon flavor in the background.

                1. i like this. will fry some bacon and remove the strips. then add cherry or grape tomatoes, and some garlic and thyme to the fat. cokk that down. add some red chili flake and at the end cook the shrimp and finish with a knob of butter. plate and finish with crumbled bits of bacon. i'll do this with less than excellent shrimp.

                  it's not at all overpowering.

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                  1. re: hotoynoodle

                    My salivary glands are doing a very happy dance!!!

                  2. Am I the only person who wondered if the original poster was Josh from Top Chef Seattle?