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Appetizers

Bacon-bundled BBQ shrimp

Bacon-bundled BBQ shrimp
Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times

Lisa Lillien considers the bowl of cocktail wieners simmered in a quick-fix barbecue sauce as if she were appraising a fine wine. First, she swirls -- to evaluate the richness. Then, she sniffs. Tasting a spoonful of the sauce, she ... Read more

Total time: 30 minutes | Serves 4
  • 1/3 cup canned tomato sauce
  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar (not packed)
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Nonstick spray
  • 8 slices extra-lean turkey bacon, halved crosswise
  • 16 large (not jumbo) raw shrimp, peeled, deveined, tails removed

Step 1Heat the oven to 425 degrees.

Step 2In a small bowl, combine the tomato sauce, ketchup, sugar, vinegar and garlic powder until mixed well. Set aside.

Step 3Lightly spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray. Take one-half slice bacon and coat it in the sauce. Wrap the sauce-covered bacon around a shrimp and place it, seam side down, on the baking sheet. Repeat with the rest of the bacon and shrimp. Give them a quick mist with nonstick spray.

Step 4Bake in the oven until the shrimp are cooked through and the bacon is crispy, 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool slightly before serving.

Note: Adapted from "Hungry Girl: 200 Under 200: 200 Recipes Under 200 Calories" by Lisa Lillien. Lillien writes, "This is a fantastic party recipe. The shrimp, bacon and BBQ sauce combo makes it nearly impossible for anyone to believe that these are guilt-free in any way. Yet each one has less than 30 calories!".

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