Originally Posted by MickeyJoe
Bacon has universal appeal
I definitely agree. My only input was that maybe it would be more elegant not to wrap things in bacon, not leave it off the menu entirely. The reason I suggested scallops with the pancetta is that when you render the fat from pancetta, a U8-10 scallop fits perfectly onto it, the pancetta acts as a nice platform, if you will.
Bacon wrapped foods certainly can be elegant, but I think more often than not, it's done incorrectly, leaving mental images of Golden Corral rather than Ruth's Chris Steak House. In the case of shrimp, it would be very easy for a home cook to overcook the shrimp while leaving the bacon undercooked. Overcooked shrimp and undercooked bacon is certainly not a combination of textures that I think most people find enjoyable.
Anyways, I read about an app that's popular in Italy, that was originally created to use up leftover risotto. Basically, make your risotto, chill it, then form it into a small ball shape around some cheese or other tasty morsel and deep fry. This leaves a crispy exterior, with a rich creamy risotto interior, and some nice melted cheese or whatever else you put into the middle.