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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Grilled Shrimp and Sausage Skewers with Smoky Paprika Glaze

Grilled Shrimp and Sausage Skewers with Smoky Paprika Glaze

I've never understood why people say that Memorial Day weekend is the start of summer and the start of grilling season. Summer doesn't start (officially) until late June and in southern California, it's almost always grilling season. However, I like many others took the opportunity to have a beach cookout with friends this past weekend and of course we got our grill on. When I received the June edition of Bon Appetit in the mail last week, I was immediately tantalized by the cover photo and eagerly tore through the pages to find the recipe. These were so good that I made them not once, but twice over the weekend. The spicy chicken andouille I picked up was a perfect compliment to the smoky glaze and that glaze added amazing flavor to the shrimp, tomatoes, and onion and the tomatoes were bursting with juicy warmth. Doing these on the outdoor grill gave them even more smoky flavor, but doing them inside in a grill pan still yields excellent results. There were many recipes in this month's magazine that I want to try, but I have a feeling this is going to made again very, very soon.



Grilled Shrimp and Sausage Skewers with Smoky Paprika Glaze
(Slightly Adapted from Bon Appetit, June 2010)



Makes 6 servings

3/4 cup olive oil
4-5 large garlic cloves, grated
2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
5 teaspoons smoked paprika
4 teaspoons red wine vinegar
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
12 uncooked extra-large shrimp
12 1-inch-long pieces chicken andouille sausage
12 cherry tomatoes
12 2-layer sections of red onion wedges

In a medium bowl, whisk together the olive oil, garlic, thyme, paprika, vinegar, salt, and both peppers. Transfer half of the glaze to a small bowl and set aside.

Heat a grill or grill pan to medium-high heat. Alternately thread pieces of shrimp, sausage, tomato, and onion onto the skewers. Brush skewers on both sides with glaze from one bowl. Grill 6-8 minutes until the shrimp are opaque, turning every couple of minutes and brushing occasionally with more glaze.

Arrange skewers on a platter and serve with the remaining bowl of glaze.

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15 comments:

MaryMoh said...

This looks fun to make and fun to eat. I love anything on a stick :D

Diana said...

Hah, you know I never thought about how lucky we are to grill all-year-round. BBQ chicken in the middle of winter? Never even blinked an eye!

marla {family fresh cooking} said...

Love grillin', skewers and lots of protein! Glad to hear you had a great weekend :) xo

Shannon said...

that glaze sounds amazing!! yum...

Erica said...

I'm not sure why its the unofficial start to summer...but I take any reason to grill ;) The skewers looks awesome- cooked tomatoes are delicious. Hope you're doing well on this short work week

vanillasugar said...

oh i'm sure it's a marketing scheme thingee for sure.
it's always summer in cali to me
i love food on a stick, it's so easy to....clean up! LOL I hate doing dishes in the summer.

Bridgett said...

The glaze sounds perfectly paired with the sausage and shrimp. I will be trying this very soon.

Adventures in Domestic Cooking said...

Looks and sounds perfectly good=)

Joanne said...

I agree, this issue of Bon Appetit was a keeper for sure. I can't wait to make the balsamic strawberry shortcakes from it! Oh and these skewers...that glaze sounds delicious.

The Food Librarian said...

YYYYYYummmy!

Memória said...

This dish looks absolutely scrumptious and oh so tempting!! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

From the Kitchen said...

When we lived in Southern California (La Jolla) we thought it was endless summer. Boy did a move to the Chicago area open our eyes to WINTER!

Re your comment on turkey meatballs--I think they are my favorite too--it's all in the light mixing that makes it work for me.

Best,
Bonnie

The Duo Dishes said...

Yes. Yes. Yes. That is all there is to say.

Kerstin said...

Twice over one weekend - wow! The glaze sounds so yummy.

Olga @ MangoTomato said...

this is like a carb free version of paella! yum.