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My next dish works well as an appetizer or entrée. Its fresh, simple, and exclusively for WestchesterFoodFinds.com !
Grilled Maple Chili Glazed Jumbo Shrimp
I was lucky enough to find these jumbo shrimp at my local fresh fish monger. It is a special occasion for me so I opted for the fresh, wild caught, Florida variety. Keep in mind the larger the shrimp, the fewer per pound, and the more expensive they get. If you are on a budget, get the smaller size and follow the recipe as is. The only adjustment you will need to make is that you will skewer your shrimp.
I prefer to clean my own shrimp. If you want to save yourself the effort, you can buy them cleaned and de-veined, but I feel that the shrimp is at its freshest with the shell on.
Wash your shrimp and remove the shell. I also remove the tails at this point as doing so eliminates having your guests having to deal with them on their plates.
Hold your shrimp firmly and make a shallow cut along the back down to the tail. Pull out the vein and nasty stuff and rinse under water. Repeat until all of your shrimp are washed and cleaned.
On to the maple chili glaze. Mix 1 tablespoon of tomato paste, 3 tablespoons of your favorite BBQ sauce, 1 tablespoon of maple syrup, 1 tablespoon of chili powder, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, and red pepper flakes to your desired level of heat per pound of shrimp. Place your shrimp in a plastic zip top bag and pour in half of your glaze. You will save the remaining glaze to drizzle over your shrimp once cooked. Seal the bag and move the shrimp around so that they are all covered. Place the bag of shrimp and let them marinate for a few hours before grilling.
Shrimp cook quickly. Preheat your grill so that you get nice grill marks. Place the shrimp on your grill at high heat for a minute on each side with the grill lid closed. Your shrimp is ready when pink and firm to the touch.
On the Grill
Plate, drizzle, and garnish with some fresh parsley. You can serve as an appetizer as is, or with a side of rice and vegetable and make them a meal.
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