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Grilling: Bacon-Wrapped, Jalapeno and Cheese-Stuffed Shrimp

Growing up in suburbia, I have a lingering nostalgia for chain restaurants. Unfortunately those memories rarely seem to hold up when I revisit them as an adult, but there's one chain that I still look forward to anytime I'm in Houston with the in-laws. Pappasito's.

We've been ordering their large fajita platter for over 11 years, which never seems to disappoint. Among the ubiquitous steak and chicken, they also throw in bacon-wrapped, jalapeno and cheese stuffed shrimp that are just the icing on the cake.

On paper they seem to represent the excess of eye-catching ingredients chains like to stuff into each dish, but this one actually delivers a combination of flavors I can stand behind, so much that I happily recreated them at home.

Slicing, stuffing, and wrapping the shrimp can be a little time consuming, but the effort is well rewarded as these grill up delicious. They have a nice crisp, salty bacon coating that holds a heat from a jalapeno that's put into check by some creamy Monterey Jack, all delivered in one might tasty crustacean.

About the author: Joshua Bousel brings you new, tasty condiment each Wednesday and a recipe for weekend grilling every Friday. He also writes about grilling and barbecue on his blog The Meatwave whenever he can be pulled away from his grill.

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