Popcorn shrimp, shrimp which are breaded and fried, have long been a fried food favorite. This recipe, however, gives them a "popper" twist, by stuffing them with cream cheese, wrapping them in bacon, and then breading and frying them.
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- 20 uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 10 bacon strips, cut in half lengthwise
- 1 Cup all-purpose flour
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- Oil, for frying
- 2 Cups panko breadcrumbs
- 4 Ounces cream cheese, softened
Butterfly the shrimp along the outside curves. Spread about 1 teaspoon cream cheese inside each shrimp.Wrap a piece of bacon around each shrimp and secure with toothpicks.
In 3 separate shallow bowls, place the flour, eggs, and breadcrumbs. Coat the shrimp with flour, then dip into eggs, and then coat with breadcrumbs.
In a large skillet or deep-fryer, heat the oil to 375 degrees. Fry the shrimp, a few at a time, for 3-4 minutes or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Discard the toothpicks before serving.