Grilled Shrimp Skewers with Tomato, Garlic & Herbs

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Cook Time: 20 Minutes

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TESTED & PERFECTED RECIPE – Shrimp marinated in a mix of olive oil, tomato paste, lemon, garlic & herbs and then grilled until slightly charred.

Ingredients

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

1 teaspoon salt

2 pounds jumbo shrimp (21-25 per pound), peeled and de-veined (leave tails on if desired)

Instructions

To make the marinade, combine all of the ingredients except for the shrimp in a mini food processor or blender; blend until the mixture forms a smooth paste.

Combine the shrimp and the marinade in a medium bowl and stir until shrimp are evenly coated. Let marinate at room temperature for 30 minutes – 1 hour.

Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Meanwhile, thread the shrimp onto skewers (going through the top and bottom of each shrimp). Lightly dip a wad of paper towels in vegetable oil and, using tongs, carefully rub over grates several times until glossy and coated. Grill the shrimp skewers about 1-1/2 minutes per side. Be sure not to overcook! Serve hot, room temperature or cold.

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