Bacon Wrapped Shrimp and Jalapeño Poppers




“Big name…Big Flavor,” pretty much sums up this tasteful starter. An idea that I came up with a few months ago, this was my first time executing these. They didn’t give me the heat that I like, but they’re great for a Midwest crowd.

You could easily slice the jalapeños, leave the seeds in, and lay them over the shrimp and sweet potatoes, then wrap them with bacon. I’ll do that next time and let you know how it turns out…

I touch these babies up with the Massie Mayo, some Sriracha, Maple Syrup, and Cilantro, but you can finish them off in a fashion that fits your fancy.

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Bacon Wrapped Shrimp and Jalapeño Poppers

Ingredient List:

  • 6 jalapeños, halved the long way and seeded 
  • 2 yams or sweet potatoes, roasted, peeled & cut into ½ jalapeño size chunks 
  • 12 each 16/20 or 24 each 31/40 shrimp, peeled, deveined and slit on belly 
  • 12 sliced bacon 

Optional Garnishes:

Preparation Instructions:

  1. Fill hollowed out jalapeño half with a chunk of sweet potato. 
  2. Lay the shrimp over the top of the sweet potato. 
  3. Wrap with bacon so that the end of the bacon slice is tucked underneath the popper. 
  4. Place a baking rack over an aluminum foil lined sheet pan. 
  5. Place poppers, bacon seam side down on the baking rack. 
  6. Roast in the oven at 375°F for 15 minutes. 
  7. Check on poppers and rotate pan. 
  8. Roast for 15 minutes more or until bacon is crisp to your liking. 
  9. Remove from oven, plate up and garnish as you see fit. 

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Zone Breakdown:


Our shrimp is about 2oz per block.  When we use 16/20 shrimp, that means that about 16 shrimp equal one pound.  In that case, that means 1 shrimp equals about one ounce, therefore since we have 12 shrimp of this size, we end up with 6 blocks from the shrimp.  In addition, we are using 12 strips of bacon!  Yum!  We know that about 3 strips equal one block so that gives us 4 additional protein blocks form the bacon for a total of 10 blocks.


On average we get about 3 blocks from our sweet potato/yams. Each sweet potato/yam weights about 300g, and with 95g per block, that gives us on average about 3 blocks per potato for 6 blocks total in this recipe.

We also are counting our jalapenos. We count most peppers the same with about 2 cups equaling one block. On average this means 2 peppers equals one block, so with 6 peppers, that gives us three blocks for a total of 9 blocks.

Fats: (variable)

There are no added fats to this recipe, but they will come from your garnishes, so make sure you know the breakdown for them so you don’t overdo them.

Balancing Act:

This meal is pretty balanced between carbs and proteins, giving about 3 3-block portions total.  Add the garnish that you want to add the extra flavor/finishing touches and enjoy!


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