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Marinated Gulf Shrimp Skewers with Sweet Peppers & Cherry Tomatoes #WeekdaySupper

By @Eater30A
Marinated Gulf Shrimp Skewers with Sweet Peppers & Cherry Tomatoes #WeekdaySupper

Grilled Gulf Coast Shrimp Skewers

With both kids in town for Spring Break (my daughter also brought home her adorable boyfriend), and my mother’s 75th birthday, I tend to go for the Gulf Coast Seafood when feeding a crowd during the spring and summer- and this week was no different. Since mouths have been few to feed with the children away and cooking for one (sometimes two if my husband is home), it has been a whirlwind in my kitchen the last couple of weeks, but all came to an end yesterday, Easter.

Our typical Easter meal is large and usually consists of a Spiral Ham, Scalloped Potatoes, Grilled Asparagus, sometimes a soup, salad, a few other sides and a dessert. But, this year I wanted something different, so I thew out some options, took a vote, and the unanimous win was shrimp. Yes, Gulf Coast Fresh Shrimp from Joe Patti’s Seafood in Pensacola, the city where we were celebrating the weekend.

Marinated Gulf Shrimp Skewers with Sweet Peppers & Cherry Tomatoes #WeekdaySupper

Joe Patti’s Seafood Pensacola, Frank Patti Proprietor

I headed over to the Downtown Pensacola dock where Joe Patti’s is located with family in tow, and managed to squeeze into the building-knowing full well it would be packed like a can of sardines as they would be closed for Easter.

If you have never been, it is an experience, and you must be ready to order when your number is called or you will have a new name… “mud”, as waiting customers will look at you with disdain, and you will be skipped over unless you wave your number in the air and yell, “ME, I’m number 38, I want shrimp!”, which is what I did. In a panic, I forgot to remember the amount of crustaceans I came for, and had to think on my feet, so I over purchased and bought large 21/25 count Gulf Shrimp headless AND the 21/25 head on.

Marinated Gulf Shrimp Skewers with Sweet Peppers & Cherry Tomatoes #WeekdaySupper

Gulf Shrimp Boil (minus the Conecuh sausage)

My crew (all 6) were pleased, as our Easter dinner was now going to consist of Marinated and Grilled Gulf Shrimp skewers, and Boiled Shrimp. There is also a market at Joe Patti’s, but the crew wanted to visit the local Apple Market where we chose the rest of our dinner. We decided to prepare a fresh salad of mixed greens with homemade blue cheese dressing, a salad of fresh marinated tomatoes, mozzarella & herbs, grilled asparagus, and garlic french bread drizzled with olive oil.  We bought individual cupcake cheesecakes in assorted flavors as no one could agree on a dessert.

The meal was bountiful, fresh, local, and a joy to prepare as all pitched in and helped clean up. Sadly all departed after Easter dinner, and I am back to cooking for one.., maybe two.

Marinated Gulf Shrimp Skewers with Sweet Peppers & Cherry Tomatoes #WeekdaySupper

Fresh Mixed Green Salad

Marinated Gulf Shrimp Skewers with Sweet Peppers & Cherry Tomatoes

3 pounds large shrimp (21 to 25), shelled and deveined
1 pint cherry tomatoes, trimmed
Orange, yellow and red sweet peppers cut into 1 inch pieces, same amount as tomatoes needed
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup Extra-virgin olive oil
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 shallot, chopped fine
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
Pinch red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint, plus sprigs for garnish
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh oregano
Finely grated fresh lemon zest

Special equipment: Wooden skewers, soaked in cold water for 2 hours, I used metal skewers that attach to a grill pan.


For the shrimp: Thread shrimp onto skewers so the shrimp lay flat. Do the same with the tomatoes and sweet peppers. Brush the skewers with canola oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill the tomatoes first, until slightly charred on both sides and soft, about 2 minutes each side. Reserve the shrimp skewers to the side and lay flat in large pan.

In a large bowl, mix olive oil, garlic, apple cider vinegar, shallots, paprika, red pepper flakes, mint, oregano and lemon zest. Pour mixture over shrimp skewers and refrigerate covered for 2 or more hours.

When ready to grill, turn gas grill to medium-high heat. Lay skewers flat on grill and brush with leftover marinade. Cook for 2 minutes, then flip for another 2 minutes. Do not burn or overcook. They will turn pink when done and have an opaque center. Remove the shrimp, tomatoes and peppers from skewers and serve on a platter top with mint sprigs. Can serve on the skewers if desired.

This week’s Easy Weekday Supper Inspiration #WeekdaySupper

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Monday – Lane/Supper For A Steal – Vegetarian Philly
Tuesday – Isabel/Family Foodie – Egg and Chorizo Wrap
Wednesday – Heather/girlichef – Peanut-Sesame Soba Noodles w/ Chicken & Kale
Thursday – Susan/30A EATS – Grilled Shrimp Skewers 
Friday – Alaiyo/Pescetarian Journal – Fish Bites

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