Grilled Shrimp Skewers – Bobby Flay

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I made these Grilled Shrimp Skewers from Bobby Flay that were on his Saturday episode and they were fantastic! I didn’t grill them, I roasted the shrimp in the oven to save on time from heating up the grill.  Only 7 minutes at 450 and the shrimp are already done. These shrimp on top of the Greek Orzo Salad is the perfect Summer time meal. They’re both really simple recipes to make. The shrimp are kind of spicy with the garlic chile oil, and the Orzo Salad helps cool your mouth down after the heat. Bobby Flay has some really awesome recipes and now I want to try making different flavored oils like this for marinades and try using different spices. I like that cooking technique.

Let’s talk about the Next Food Network Star. Emma is my favorite by far. Like her appearance and personality. Lenny and Loreal can just go home already. Not really a big fan. I do have to give these people props for doing something crazy like this. If I was asked to go in front of an audience as big as they had to on Saturday’s Show, I would flip out and probably start running home. Could never do that! Presenting in front of a large audience like that is scary and nerve racking. The girl who’s point of view is Coastal Cuisine cooked pork for her dish and that was rather odd. At least add some seafood to your skewers or kabobs,  like these shrimp.  ;)

 

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Grilled Shrimp Skewers - Bobby Flay
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon Calabrian chile flakes
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano leaves, plus for garnish
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound extra-large (16 to 20 per pound) shrimp, shelled and deveined, tail-on
Instructions
  1. Special equipment: 10-inch skewers, soaked 30 minutes
  2. Put the olive oil, garlic and chile flakes in a small skillet. Turn the heat to low and let the mixture heat for about 10 minutes; the oil should just barely simmer around the garlic in the last few minutes. Remove from the heat and cool slightly. Transfer to a blender, add the 1 tablespoon oregano and some salt and pepper, and blend until the garlic and oregano are finely chopped. Set aside half of the chile-garlic oil for serving.
  3. Heat the grill to high. Thread the shrimp onto skewers, about 4 or 5 shrimp per skewer, threading so that the skewers goes through the tail and thick end of each shrimp. Brush the shrimp with some of the chile-garlic oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill until lightly golden brown on both sides and opaque, 1 to 1½ minutes per side. Transfer the skewers to a platter and immediately drizzle with some of the reserved chile-garlic oil (not the oil you used for brushing the raw shrimp). Garnish with oregano, and serve with more of the reserved oil

 

Skinny Bang Bang Shrimp

Skinny Bang Bang Shrimp

I recently tried Bang Bang shrimp at the Ground Round. If you don’t have a Ground Round, it’s pretty much like a Ruby Tuesdays type restaurant. On their menu they had this appetizer called Boom Boom Shrimp. Boom Boom shrimp is similar to Bang Bang shrimp. And while we were eating the shrimp we pretty much made fun of the name the whole time. I know, talk about childish right? ha ha.  The shrimp was deep fried, and covered in this wonderful spicy hot sauce and underneath it was a bed of cole slaw that had a taco seasoning in it. The taco seasoning in the cole slaw was very different. I’ve never had any cole slaw like that before and it was super good. As Guy Fierri would say “It took me on the road to flavor town!”

I’m going to start keeping this sauce in my fridge at all times. It’d be good on burgers, or brushed on grilled corn.

My chives are in full bloom in my garden. They make for such a pretty garnish. Beats spending .89  at the grocery store for some green onions. :)

 

Skinny Bang Bang Shrimp

Skinny Bang Bang Shrimp

 

Skinny Bang Bang Shrimp
 
Ingredients
  • 1 lb shrimp (about 50 shrimp), cooked or uncooked. shelled or deveined.
  • 10 skewer sticks (optional)
  • 3 T chobani plain greek yogurt
  • 3 T chopped green onion, plus more for garnish
  • 1½ T sweet chili sauce (I used Franks brand)
  • ½-3/4 T sriracha sauce
Instructions
  1. (If you're grilling on a grill, be sure to soak wooded skewers a couple minutes in water to avoid burning)
  2. combine yogurt, onion, sweet chili sauce, and sriracha in a bowl and stir well. set aside. (if you want to make the sauce a bit thicker, do 2 T yogurt and 1 T light mayo)
  3. place 5 shrimp on each skewer
  4. If shrimp are raw:
  5. grill on each side for 5-8 minutes, until opaque and cooked through
  6. If shrimp are pre-cooked:
  7. Place shrimp skewers on a baking sheet and bake at 350 for 5-10 minutes
  8. Brush each hot skewer liberally with the sauce, on both sides
  9. serve immediately
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 4 Calories: 122 Fat: 5.65g Carbohydrates: 2.79g Sodium: 435mg Fiber: 0 Protein: 14.4g

Recipe adapted from The Cookie Rookie

Italian Shrimp Bake

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I’ve been struggling with light here lightly. I’ve been trying different methods and last night I think I finally found one. Earlier this summer I made a fake picnic table for a food prop background, which has still yet to be painted. Got some white cardboard at Wal-mart and used duck tape to put it together. The light bulbs are daylight savings light bulbs and I have found that shining them directly over the food makes a really harsh light in the photo. The light has to be set up so that it is reflecting off the white card board like it shows in my picture down below. I’ve got many food props like plates and napkins down stairs in my photo room. Hopefully this method works. I took this picture of pretzels last night in my new set up.

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Sorry, this pic was taking with my Windows phone. ;)

Looks like it was taken outside or by the window right?

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Anyways, just wanted to show you’ll my method for taking my pictures. My camera is another story and I’ve been trying to figure that out too, just got a new one here this summer. Anyways, let’s talk about this shrimp bake now. :)

Cooking shrimp can be quite difficult sometimes. They don’t take long to cook on the stove top. Baking shrimp in the oven is a guaranteed full proof method of cooking shrimp. You don’t have to worry about flipping the shrimp and they only take 10 minutes to bake in the oven. I served the shrimp over some orzo pasta. It’s this pasta that looks like rice, we just call it rice in our house. Goes with everything. Use different seasoning packet to change this recipe up again. Only 4 simple ingredients, lemons, shrimp, butter, and a seasoning packet.

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Ingredients

1½ lb shrimp that has been shelled and deveined
1 stick butter
1 lemon, sliced thin
1 pkg dry italian seasoning packet

Directions

1 Prehead oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheets with sides with foil. 2 Melt butter in oven on lined cookie sheet. Lay lemon slices on melted butter. Lay shrimp on top of butter and lemons. Sprinkle the dry Italian dressing mix on top of shrimp. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes, until light golden brown. 3 This is great alone or served on pasta or rice using melted butter/lemon juice drizzled on top. 4 It is hard for me to say how many shrimp to use since shrimp come in different weights and sizes. Just use your own judgment. I usually us a medium shrimp and I can lay around 36 on a cookie sheet.

Lobster Rolls!

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Every New Year’s Eve, I end up cooking a couple lobster tails for dinner. It’s the only time of the year where I like to splurge a little bit. The grocery stores usually have every kind of seafood you can imagine on sale, and lobster is one of them. The tails were 18.99 a pound so I got about a pound and a 1/2 of lobster for around 25.00. Any type of lobster dish you find at the restaurants is well over $50.00. That was a pretty good deal. These were huge tails too. To cook lobster tails, I usually just boil the tails in water until the tails turn red and the lobster meat is cooked through. It will be white. They come frozen in our grocery stores (I live in North Dakota) and it sure beats seeing a lobster get killed in boiling water.

This year I made lobster rolls. I forget what I made last year, I think I just boiled the tails and dipped them in butter. These were probably just as good as the lobster rolls served at the Smack Shack in Minneapolis. Those were so good. They used Texas toast instead of hot dog buns. If only I could eat lobster once a month. It is really my favorite food to eat. Any kind of seafood is my favorite! You MUST brown the buns too, makes a HUGE difference.

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