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Grilled Shrimp Skewers

A few weeks ago we went to a party and the hostess served a delicious appetizer of shrimp, basil and prosciutto.  It was really wonderful and I’ve wanted to try making this myself ever since.  So last Friday night I gave it a go.

I bought jumbo shrimp and some imported prosciutto at the grocery store.  I picked basil leaves from my herb garden.  I soaked some bamboo skewers in water.  And I cleaned the shrimp.


I then took a shrimp and wrapped a basil leaf around it.  Then I wrapped a piece of prosciutto around the whole thing and stuck one of the bamboo skewers through the whole deal.


I lovingly placed them on the gas grill and cooked them on medium heat.  I turned them a few times to make sure they cooked evenly.  These shrimp were pretty big so they probably took about 10 minutes to cook through.  You could definitely do this with smaller shrimp.  They’d cook faster and be easier on your wallet, too.


And here they are – grilled to perfection.  The shrimp was tender and the prosciutto was crispy and the basil added just the right flavor to the whole combination.

Simple!  Delicious!  Impressive!  The perfect summer appetizer.

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  1. Oh, wow, YUM!!! There’s nothing much better than shrimp on a skewer.

    Probably because of the skewer and basil, I’m reminded of the caprese appetizers we had at an art openng a couple of weeks ago — grape tomatoes, tiny mozzarella balls, and bits of basil all skewered on small cocktail picks.

  2. Yummy – and the best part is I cold eat all of them cuz no one here but me would eat them! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Lessee, shrimp is on sale starting today, dinner not planned, fairly painless project. Yep. It’s a winner! Thanks for the idea.

  4. Really yummy photo. Thinking BBQed shrimp may make the scene at my place this weekend.

  5. Mmmm….those look yummy. Off to the market to get shrimp and prosciutto. Basil is growing in the garden.

    ::hums to self while pondering yummy eats::

  6. Wow, that DOES look delicious. And I’ve got to remember that soaking the skewers thing. I’ve had SO many of them just burst into flames…

  7. Oh, yum! These look so good! I’ve been wanting lunch for a couple of hours now. Whatever I end up eating will not be nearly as tasty as what you posted!

  8. Yum. And I could actually eat those. (Well, technically I couldn’t eat the prosciutto, but I’d be willing to risk it.)

  9. Um, except you’re missing the liquid portion of the appetizer! No, really, these look delicious and easy. I’m thinking lime and gin?

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