Time: 45 minutes

Serves: 4

Tomatillo Salsa
  • 6 tomatillos, husked, rinsed, and cut in chunks
  • 2 avocados, peeled and cut in chunks
  • 2 jalapeños, cut in circles
  • 1/2 bunch fresh cilantro, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • Juice of 3 limes
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Tomato Vinaigrette
  • 1 ripe tomato, halved, seeds squeezed out
  • 1 canned chipotle pepper in adobo
  • 1 garlic clove
  • Zest and juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 20 large shrimp (about 2 pounds), peeled and deveined, tails on
  • 10 bacon slices, halved
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced on the diagonal, for garnish
  • Chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish

Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp with Chunky Tomatillo Salsa and Tomato Vinaigrette

Recipe courtesy Tyler Florence For the tomatillo salsa, toss the tomatillos, avocados, jalapeños, cilantro, and onion together in a large bowl. Add the lime juice and canola oil, and turn to coat; season with salt and black pepper. Turn the mixture over a few times until the avocados are slightly mashed and the salsa is creamy. Cover and refrigerate while you prepare everything else. Puree the tomato, chipotle, garlic, lime zest, lime juice, sherry vinegar, sugar, and salt in a blender until smooth. Pour in the oil and puree again until emulsified and slightly thickened. Refrigerate. Wrap each shrimp in a piece of bacon, overlapping the ends so they stick together. Place a large skillet over medium heat, drizzle with a 1/2-count of oil, and heat just to the smoking point. Lay the shrimp in the pan (do this in batches if it’s crowded) and sauté until the bacon is crisp, tossing so the shrimp cook evenly. To serve, spoon a mound of the tomatillo salsa on each plate. Drizzle a pool of the tomato vinaigrette and top with 5 shrimp. Garnish with green onion and cilantro leaves. This shrimp dish also works well on the grill with margaritas and a lot of beer.

Edited: October 9th, 2009