Monday, June 1, 2015

Grilled Pesto Shrimp Skewers

I am a seafood lover.  Shrimp, crab, lobster, scallops, Mahi mahi, snapper...the list goes on and on.  One of my greatest achievements as a mom, is training my non-native Floridian children to love seafood too.  Ok, not my greatest achievement, but it is up there right next to potty training!  Ha! Ha!  So, seafood meals in our house are quite the hit!  Speaking of seafood, did you see about the man who caught a 552 pound Giant Goliath Grouper in his kayak while fishing in Sanibel, Florida?  Have mercy!  I wonder what he did with it?  That would provide lots of seafood meals around my house and make this seafood loving family very happy.  But, seafood is hard to get up here in these parts, so shrimp is always a good go to.  Here's a delicious way to serve up that seafood with fresh basil from your garden.  The way I see it, a win win!  Seafood and garden goodies!

Only 7 ingredients for such a tasty meal.  
A perfect addition to a salad or with some rice.

Grilled Pesto Shrimp is always delicious, especially with fresh home-made pesto!

1 cup fresh basil leaves
1/2 Tbsp minced garlic
1 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup pine nuts
1 1/2 lbs raw shrimp (shelled and deveined)
1 pint cherry tomatoes
In a mini food processor, place fresh basil leaves, minced garlic, Parmesan cheese, olive oil and pine nuts.  Blend until smooth.  Skewer tomatoes and shrimp on metal skewers.  (If you want to use wood skewers, soak the skewers in water for 20 minutes before using.)  Spoon pesto over all the tomatoes and shrimp.  Heat up your grill.  When ready, cook your skewers over a medium low flame for 3-5 minutes per side.  Shrimp will turn pink when cooked.

Each piece has that wonderful pesto flavor combined with that smoky grill flavor.
Just perfect for seafood lovers!  7 ingredients!  You can't beat that!

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