Wednesday, August 27, 2008

orange marinated shrimp... 45 minutes

Eating this didn't feel like we had barbecued at home, it felt so much more decedent!

the goods:

1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails on
1 and 1/2 teaspoons grated orange zest
1/2 cup fresh orange juice
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for grates
1 tablespoon, plus 1 teaspoon chopped, fresh thyme
1/3 cup mayonnaise

In a shallow dish, combine 1 teaspoon zest, 1/4 cup juice, garlic, oil, 1 tablespoon thyme, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper; stir to combine. Add shrimp, toss to coat. Marinate, covered, in the refrigerator for 30 minutes (or up to 8 hours - I made this in the morning, and then by the time I got home from work, all I had to do was prepare side dishes!).

Soak wooden skewers in water 30 minutes before cooking.

In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, remaining 1/2 teaspoon zest, remaining 1/4 cup juice, and remaining teaspoon thyme; season dipping sauce with salt and pepper.

Heat grill to medium; lightly oil grates. Thread shrimp onto skewers, and grill, turning once, until shrimp are opaque throughout, 3 to 4 minutes.

Serve shrimp with orange dipping sauce. I also served wild rice and string beans, sauteed with butter, salt, pepper, and lemon juice. It went really well together.

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