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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Meatless Monday – Coconut Shrimp with Mango Salsa

Coconut ShrimpI love coconut shrimp but not the extra calories that frying brings to the dish, so I looked far and wide for a recipe that just requires baking. I found one that was not only baked but was served with a delicious mango salsa for dipping that is out of this world! It is so good that I even plan on serving this salsa with other dishes such as grilled pork or fish.

Coconut Shrimp with Mango Salsa

Ingredients:

  • 1 lime, zested and juiced
  • 2 mangoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 12 ounces fresh or frozen large shrimp (with tails), thawed, peeled and deveined
  • Sea salt to taste
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • Garnish: lime wedges (optional)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Prepare a cookie sheet by spraying with a nonstick cooking spray.

mango salsa

Place lime juice, 1 cup chopped mango, honey, and cayenne pepper in a blender and process until smooth. Pour ¼ cup mango mixture into a small bowl, top with lime zest and small amount of chopped cilantro, cover and store in refrigerator.

Prepare shrimp by washing, patting dry then sprinkling with a small amount of sea salt.

Place coconut on a large plate. Dip shrimp first into the remaining mango salsa then into coconut, pressing so it adheres to the outside of shrimp. Place on the prepared cookie sheet.

Bake in oven for 8-10 minutes or until shrimp are fully cooked and nicely browned.

Serve hot with reserved mango salsa and top with remaining chopped mango and cilantro. Serve with lime wedges on the side.

Serves 4.

Wine Pairing: This shrimp dish has a slightly sweet and fruity flavor that would be enhanced by a wine that has a touch of sugar and low alcohol such as a Riesling or a Pinot Gris. Other whites that could also accompany this dish include a Sauvignon Blanc and an unoaked Chardonnay. If red is your preference, try a Pinot Noir or a nice Rioja.

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Meatless Monday – Garlic Basil Shrimp

Garlic Basil Shrimp

It’s Monday and time for another meatless meal. Today’s meal features shrimp with garlic and a tangy pasta made with key limes from my yard. It is a nice change-up from the more familiar lemon pasta and comes out delicious!

Garlic Basil Shrimp with Lime-Garlic Pasta

Ingredients:

Lime-Garlic Pasta

  • 1 lb. pasta (I used whole wheat)
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 4 Tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons lime zest
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/2 cup parsley, chopped
  • salt & pepper to taste

Garlic Basil Shrimp

  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1-1/2 lbs. shrimp, shelled & deveined
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 3/4 cup white wine (I used Chardonnay)
  • 1/4 cup basil leaves, chopped
  • 1-1/2 cups tomatoes, chopped
  • salt & pepper to taste

Directions:

Lime Garlic Pasta

Cook pasta in a large pot according to package directions. Drain and set aside.

In same pot, heat olive oil and saute 2 teaspoons minced garlic for 30 seconds. Remove from heat and add in lime juice and zest. Add in pasta, Parmesan cheese and parsley and toss to coat. Add salt & pepper to taste. Replace lid on pot to keep warm while preparing shrimp.

Garlic Basil Shrimp

In a large skillet, heat olive oil and saute shrimp for 1-2 minutes per side depending on size. Remove from pan and keep warm.

Add minced garlic and pepper flakes to pan and saute 30 seconds. Add wine and simmer for 3 minutes or until reduced slightly. Stir in basil, chopped tomatoes, salt and pepper and shrimp. Continue to cook for 3 more minutes or until shrimp are warm.

Serve over pasta with additional Parmesan cheese on the side.

Serves 4-6.

Wine Pairing: The best choice is always to serve the wine with which you prepared the dish, in this case a nice Chardonnay.  A Chardonnay pairs very well with garlic dishes as it offsets some of its spiciness. If you prefer a lighter wine, you might try an Albarino or a dry Riesling. These wines work very well with garlic and their crispness helps accentuate the flavors of the dish.

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It’s National Empanada Day!

Empanadas originated in Galicia, Portugal but have become popular throughout Spain, Brazil, Indonesia, The Philippines and North America.  Here in the states, we usually consider empanadas as tapas, but they are often served as main meals stuffed with seafood, pork, or meat & vegetables, and are served hot or cold.  The name, empanada, comes from the verb empanar, meaning to wrap or coat in bread.

Here’s a great recipe to try – courtesy of La Tienda & Spain GourmeTour magazine.  Photo courtesy of Simply Recipes.

curry-pork-empanada-bEmpanada

Empanadas are standard fare in most bars and restaurants, served as delicious tapas with a copa de cerveza or as the main meal. This is a wonderful recipe from the north-west of Spain.
Makes 6 servings.

Prep Time: 1 hr.

Cook Time: 1 hr.

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Ingredients:

1 egg, beaten
3/4 lb of pork loin, thinly sliced
1/2 tsp bittersweet smoked paprika (Pimentón de la Vera)
3 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp chopped garlic
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 cup piquillo peppers, sliced
3 onions, chopped
3 tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped
2 tbsp chopped parsley
Salt and pepper
1 lb yeast pastry or bread dough
1 large red pepper, chopped
2 hard boiled eggs

Preparation:

Put the sliced pork in a dish with paprika, 1 tbsp of the chopped garlic, oregano, salt and pepper, and let sit for 30 minutes. Heat the olive oil in a pan and fry the pork very quickly, removing slices as they are browned. In the same oil, saute the chopped peppers, onions and remaining garlic until softened. Add the prepared tomatoes, parsley, salt and pepper and cook until the tomatoes are reduced and the sauce is very thick.

Divide the dough in half. On a floured board, roll out to a thickness of 1/4 – 1/2 inch. Line a cake tin with dough. Spread this with half the prepared sauce. Arrange the slices of pork loin on top and add a layer of piquillo pimentos above that. Slice the boiled eggs and layer above other ingredients. Spoon on the remaining sauce.

Roll out the rest of the dough and cover the pie. Crimp the edges together and trim the excess. Make a hole in the center for a steam vent. Put in a medium hot oven for 30 minutes. Brush the top with beaten egg and bake another 15-20 minutes.

The crust should be golden and crispy. Can be served hot or cool.

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