May 24, 2010

Cajun Heat Shrimp Skewers


Southern Heat

I think it’s gotten to me, the hot, humid weather that is. I should be posting cool, refreshing recipes like the one yesterday to combat the conditions we are having but instead I’m turning up the heat. Maybe because it Monday and maybe because I’m a little crazy too.

Easy and fast to cook, skewer foods are fun to eat. That’s what I’m doing this week folks so get ready. Today it’s a spicy Cajun version of recipe that I made a while back, actually it was a Mexican version but what the heck. In the original meal, I used a half cup of chipotle puree (chipotles in adobo sauce blended) and in today’s recipe, I replacing that with the trinity of Cajun cooking plus cayenne pepper.

Broil this one in the oven, grill it on the stove griddle but if you’re crazy like me, get outside in the heat and light up the grill. It will taste a whole lot better. Enjoy!


Cajun Heat Shrimp Skewers

1 1/2 pounds medium shrimp, peeled & deveined
4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
8 garlic pods, minced
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/2 medium onion, minced
1/2 medium green bell pepper, minced
1 celery stalk, minced
2 tablespoons minced fresh basil
1/2 to 1 teaspoon cayenne, depending on your taste
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
pinch of brown sugar
    In a skillet, heat half of the oil over medium heat and add the garlic. Sauté for about 30 seconds and remove from heat. In a large bowl, add shrimp, garlic and remaining ingredients. Toss to coat and refrigerate covered for two hours. When ready to grill, skewer shrimp and cook until shrimp just turn pink. Remember, shrimp will continue to cook after removing from the grill. Serve with a squeeze of lemon if desired.

    Note: this also makes a fine appetizer

    17 comments :

    1. love the heat on these, perfectly grilled shrimp....you did'nt make enough I can eat around 2 dozen myself ....what time is dinner?

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    2. It's winter here in SA, so this spicy recipe is just what I feel like!
      Robyn

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    3. Yep, these look addictive!

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    4. I am a fan of simple/quick dishes so I can have several courses or appetizers and still enjoy my guests. Shrimp is always a favorite. I'll put this at the top of my next party "to cook" list (with a heavy hand on the cayenne).

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    5. Mmm...this looks perfect to me....my stomach of course! :D

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    6. Right up my alley, cher! I am drooling and could eat a ton of these! Thanks for the great recipe!

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    7. Love the hot and spicy stuff these days, so this would be a great one for me to try!

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    8. Wow, shrimp and spice! Perfection!!

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    9. Yum! Love spicy shrimp, these look wonderful:)

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    10. Oh Yes. I can use my cajun seasoning!!!

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    11. These look spicy and delicious....Love it.

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    12. Oh Drick!! This looks really delicious.Love the Cajun spices.

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    13. Classic cajun combination. Simple yet complex. I appreciate the post on ambrosia before as well, it reminds me of the salad my great grandma made.

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    14. how funny the hotter it gets the more I crave spicer food, love this..great for the weekends

      sweetlife

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    15. Ha ha, you are crazy, but in a good way! These look awesome.

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    16. ... these kebabs look scrumptious...cajun seasoning is so flavorful

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