Almost Meatless Monday – Shrimp & Chorizo Skewers

Shrimp and Chorizo SkewersOK, I cheated a little on calling this a meatless Monday dish but you can easily make it meatless by substituting vegetables such as onions and bell peppers or even pineapple for the chorizo. Now, I don’t know why you would want to do that as the chorizo gives such a nice spicy kick to the shrimp and when it is all crisp from the grill it makes it even better. But whatever way you have it, this is one easy but delicious recipe!

Shrimp & Chorizo Skewers

Ingredients:

  • 18 shrimp, peeled & deveined (leaves tails on)
  • 18 1/4″ slices chorizo
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 Tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon dry sherry
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Fresh chopped parsley for garnish (optional)

Directions:

Prepare shrimp. Mix remaining ingredients, except for chorizo & parsley, in a large ziploc bag. Add shrimp, seal and place in refrigerator to marinate for at least 30 minutes.

At this time, if using wooden skewers, place in water and let soak for 30 minutes to prevent burning once placed on grill.

When ready to assemble, cut chorizo into 1/4″ thick rounds. Thread one shrimp then one piece chorizo alternately onto skewers. I used very long metal skewers and wound up using 5 skewers.

Once assembled, place on grill for approximately 2-3 minutes per side or until shrimp are pink and chorizo is slightly charred.

Serve over rice, either long grain & wild rice or a nice rice pilaf, and garnish with chopped parsley.

Makes 3-4 servings.

Note: You can also serve these as appetizers by cutting the wooden skewers in half and placing one shrimp and one piece of chorizo on each skewer and cooking as above. This will give you 18 small appetizers.

Wine Pairing: When eating Spanish chorizo the best wines to accompany this spicy sausage are the Spanish riojas and tempranillos, both spicy, juicy and smoky in their own right. Two great selections to try are either the 2009 Manon Tempranillo or the 2008 Bodegas Dios Area Rioja Crianza.

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Memorial Day Cookout – Blue Cheese Zucchini Burgers

Blue Cheese Zucchini Burgers

What’s on the menu? Blue Cheese Zucchini Burgers! But don’t let the name fool you as these burgers are plenty beefy. I know zucchini sounds like an odd thing to add to a hamburger but  adding zucchini to the mix not only helps make the burgers more moist but you can use leaner beef as well to make them healthier. Oh, and your kids won’t even know that you are helping them eat their veggies! Of course, the most important thing is how do they taste. Well, once you bite into one of these beauties you will find them both rich and hearty and, to make them reach the over-the-top mark, pile on toppings of grilled onions and crisp bacon. I served mine with coleslaw and grilled corn on the cob but for a Memorial Day BBQ to remember serve them on a toasted whole wheat bun with all the trimmings!

Blue Cheese Zucchini Burgers

Ingredients:

  • ½ lb.or about 1-1/2 cups zucchini, peeled & shredded
  • 1 lb. extra lean ground beef
  • ¼ cup red onion, chopped
  • 1-2 jalapenos, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2-4 oz. blue cheese, crumbled
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Whole wheat buns
  • Garnishes: Grilled onions & bacon (optional)

Directions:

Shred zucchini and place between paper towels and squeeze out excess moisture.

Place all ingredients other than buns and garnishes in a bowl and mix with your hand. Form into 4-6 hamburgers. Place in refrigerator for 2-4 hours to firm so they hold their shape during cooking.

Preheat grill. If grilling onions, slice in thick slices, spray grill with nonstick cooking spray, sprinkle rings with a little olive oil and cook alongside hamburgers. Cook hamburgers for 5-7 minutes per side. If you are topping with additional cheese slices, place slices on top of the burgers in the last minute or two and wait until melted. Serve on whole wheat buns topped with grilled onions.

Serves 4-6.

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May everyone have a wonderful Memorial Day and remember those that fought for the freedoms we enjoy!

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