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Broiled Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp

4 Slices bacon
1/4 tsp Salt
1/8 tsp Ground black pepper
1 pinch Cayenne pepper
1lb Shrimp (21 count), peeled and deveined
2 Tbs Minced fresh chives

Adjust an oven rack 6 inches from the broiler element and heat the broiler. Line a broiler-pan bottom with foil and top with the slotted broiler-pan top.

Slice each piece of bacon into three sections and then in half lengthwise (creating 24 pieces). Spread the bacon pieces out over 4 layers of paper towels on a microwave-safe plate, then cover with 2 more layers of paper towels. Microwave on high until the bacon fat begins to melt but the bacon is still pliable, 1 to 2 minutes.

Meanwhile, place the shrimp in a medium bowl. Sprinkle the salt, pepper, and cayenne over the shrimp and toss to coat.

Wrap a piece of the microwaved bacon around the center of each shrimp, and place on the broiler-pan top, pinning the bacon ends under the shrimp. Broil until the shrimp are pink and the edges of the bacon are brown, spinning around the broiler pan halfway through cooking, 3 to 4 minutes. Skewer the shrimp and bacon with toothpicks, transfer to a serving platter, and sprinkle with the chives. Serve immediately.

Servings: 21