Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Grilled Shrimp Kabobs with Tomato, Garlic, and Herbs

Grilled Shrimp Kabobs with Tomato, Garlic, and Herbs

I'm beginning to think there should be a support group for boyfriends and spouses of food bloggers.

I know you think you're just looking at an overly staged photo of shrimp, but let me paint you a little picture of what's occurring mere inches outside this photo...

It's 30 degrees and windy. James and I are standing on my balcony. I'm taking 23438735 photos of these shrimp, attempting to capture one or two acceptable enough to post here. To my left, James has kindly offered to hold my "light reflector", and by light reflector I mean a giant piece of white foam board that some person who knows about photography once told me to use.

My photo set up is so busted...

Meanwhile, our lunch gets cold while I snap away. Did I mention lunch was at 3:30 since we didn't grocery shop until early afternoon?

Grilled Shrimp Kabobs with Tomato, Garlic, and Herbs

I'm sure fellow food bloggers' significant others can empathize. Lukewarm food, photo shoots in freezing temperatures, and props clogging up closets are an unfortunate fact of life.

Fortunately, this weird hobby of mine has edible rewards. James and I loooooved these shrimp, and ate this whole recipe between the two of us in a single sitting.

I may be channeling warm weather a bit with this recipe since it contains fresh basil and calls for grilling. Usually, I like cold weather, but I'm kind of over it right now. All I want to do is sit outside in a sundress with a bottle of rosé and eat a bunch of these shrimp.

Also, I don't actually have a grill since I live in an apartment, so I broke out my trusty Cuisinart Griddler, which worked just splendidly.

(James and I destroyed this as a giant midday meal, but it realistically serves 3-4 when served with a side dish or salad.) 

2 1/2 tablespoons tomato paste
6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 large shallot, roughly chopped
4 large cloves garlic, roughly chopped
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves (or 1 teaspoon dried)
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoon salt
2 pounds peeled and deveined jumbo shrimp (21-25 per pound)

*If you're using wooden skewers for this recipe, start soaking them in water when you begin this recipe so they don't burn on the grill.* 

To make the marinade, combine all the ingredients (except for the shrimp) in a mini food processor or blender. Process until it forms a smooth paste.

Transfer the marinade to a medium bowl. Add the shrimp, toss until evenly coated, and marinate for 15 minutes.

After the shrimp have marinated, thread them onto the skewers. I like to use two skewers per kabob, so the shrimp don't spin around when I flip them while grilling.

Preheat your grill (or indoor grilling implement of your choice) to medium high heat. Lightly dip a wad of paper towels in vegetable oil, and using tongs, rub it onto the grill grates until coated.

When the grill is hot, grill the shrimp skewers for 90 seconds - 2 minutes per side, until cooked through.

Source: Once Upon a Chef

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  1. This look amazing, Maggie!! I need to get myself some shrimp and make this stat!!!!

  2. I love anything with shrimp and this sounds delicious! Considering my boys giant appetite I will have to double this though :-)

  3. There probably should be a support group as they have to be the most patient people in the world. Ha! Beautiful pics! Thanks for sharing!

  4. LOL oh I so can relate! These shrimp kabobs sound divine!!!

  5. Shrimpies!!!! These kabobs look phenomenal!

  6. These look simply fantastic, and have me really excited for Summer food! I miss living in Los Angeles where I could eat like this all year around, it is a bit too cold, wet and windy in England right now for it!

  7. 100% love this!!! my poor fiance has simply gotten used to eating a cold dinner at 10pm, and helping me direct my light for over an hour - these guys really deserve credit! awesome recipe, and so glad I found your site! I'll def be coming back for more ;)

  8. hahahah! I am so there with you! I am over winter. I am ready for balcony/porch living! There have been many occasions where Mike has come home to me sprawled out on the floor with plates scattered everywhere taking tons of pictures of semi-cold food. They reap soooo many benefits for putting up with our weird ways though! Your guy is lucky. These shrimp look amazing!

  9. haha, my husband has definitely looked on longingly while I've photographed breakfasts and lunches. these shrimp look and sound totally worth the wait, though!

  10. These shrimp remind me of summertime...my mouth is watering!

  11. Haha! Oh my gosh I can totally relate to your Food Blogger probs. So many cold lunches. And I use a white foam board as a reflector too. Works like a charm, even though it's a tad ghetto looking. These shrimp sound delicious! And luckily shrimp is tasty luke warm, so I'm sure you enjoyed it after photographing it : )

  12. I can totally relate to your food blogger problems! I've served so many cold meals that are best served warm. And I use a foam board to bounce light too! It probably looks a little ghetto, but works like a charm. These shrimp sound delicious! And luckily shrimp is tasty luke warm, so I'm sure you enjoyed it for lunch after photographing it : )

  13. I know I shouldn't laugh, but I am giggling uncontrollably as I read this! My set up is sooo bajankity (um, how do you spell that?), but you are right--the rewards are DELICIOUS. All up on these shrimp too--pinned for a fun dinner!

  14. I totally understand your food blogger problems! But it clearly paid off; these shrimps look delicious!! I love the combinations of seasonings.

  15. Ha! My boyfriend knows that situation all too well :) At least you get yummy shrimp in the end. All about the payoff!

  16. Oh no! You just killed me! That sounds just too good. Shrimps are among my favorite.

  17. Yep. I sympathize with so many of these food blogger problems. Mainly, lack of space for props and foam boards, etc! I've given up trying to put it all away in a closet and just lean it against a wall.

    These shrimp look amazing!!


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