So, let me begin with full disclosure when discussing Rachael Ray's recipe for Grilled Shrimp and Chorizo Skewers with Piquillo Gazpacho. I don't like shrimp.
Here's the part where you ask why I made shrimp if I don't like it, right? Well, it was my husband's birthday and he adores the stuff. So, every year, I ask him what he wants me to make, all the while secretly hoping he won't choose it. But he always does.
So, this year I picked a recipe that had a least a couple aspects that I would like - chorizo and gazpacho. Well, it was linguica since my store doesn't have chorizo, but still. I think our family would have been just as happy without the gazpacho, but I thought it made the meal a little fancier and a little more interesting. Give it a try!
Here's the recipe with my comments in brackets:
16 extra large, 6 to 8 count, peeled and deveined shrimp [they sometimes call them easy peels]
1 lemon, zested and 1/2 lemon, juiced
Extra-virgin olive oil, for liberal drizzling
1 package (3/4-pound) chorizo cut into 16 thick slices on an angle (recommended: Gaspar's) [they never have chorizo in my store, so I always get linguica]
1 generous handful flat-leaf parsley
1 generous handful cilantro leaves
2 cloves garlic, cracked from skin
1 jar piquillo, Spanish roasted peppers - available in most markets, roasted red peppers may be substituted, about 1 cup packed, drained [Yeah, no piquillos in Roseville, but the roasted red peppers made for a good gazpacho]
1 can (28-ounces) fire-roasted tomatoes, diced or crushed
1 small yellow onion, coarsely chopped
1/2 seedless cucumber, peeled, chopped
2 ribs celery from heart, chopped
2 thick slices crusty bread, chopped
1 tablespoons hot sauce (recommended: Tabasco) for medium to spicy heat level, adjust to your own taste
Preheat grill or grill pan over medium high heat.
Place shrimp in shallow dish and season with salt, lemon juice and a liberal drizzle on extra-virgin olive oil, just enough to coat the shrimp. Skewer 4 shrimp alternating with 4 slices of chorizo on each skewer.
Place 2 tablespoons, a palm full, of parsley on the cutting board with the lemon zest. Add 1/2 palm full of cilantro leaves to the pile as well as 1 clove of garlic. Finely chop this mixture and reserve for sprinkling over shrimp and gazpacho.
Place remaining herbs and garlic in the food processor or a large blender with peppers, tomatoes, chopped vegetables, bread and hot sauce and process until smooth.
Grill shrimp and chorizo 3 to 4 minutes on each side until shrimp is firm and opaque. Serve small bowls of gazpacho with shrimp skewers resting across the top of the bowls for dipping and dunking. Garnish with reserved parsley, cilantro and garlic mixture.
And, since it was his birthday, here's a picture of the finished product taken by the birthday boy himself: