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Bacon and shrimp are a natural combination that is hard to beat. The smoky, sweet-tasting bacon amplifies the briny flavor of the shrimp and the crisped meat accents the tenderness of the seafood. Bacon-wrapped shrimp, by our reckoning, is a nearly perfect appetizer--as long as it is cooked right, that is. It can be hard to get the bacon crisp without overcooking the shrimp. Here’s what we discovered:
• Parcook the bacon in the microwave before wrapping the shrimp so that the bacon cooks crisp in the same time it takes the shrimp to cook.
• Set the oven rack six inches from the heating element so that the bacon crisps quickly. If the rack is any lower, the shrimp will overcook by the time the bacon is ready.