Thursday, June 19, 2008

Tropical Themed Party-Pineapple Shrimp Skewers

Yes, mon! We had our tropical themed party dinner night thing on Saturday and it was off the hook! Okay, probably a mild exaggeration there but I associate the tropics with really cool people who can say crap like that without sounding like dweebs.

Anyway, we all had a really great time again and had some great food. We’re getting better and better! Featured dishes include, tropical chicken, fresh fruit salad, a special salad with a fruity vinaigrette, Caribbean black beans and rice with a mango salsa, and more. I made coconut jasmine rice (see the recipe on this site) and another P-Dub recipe…that’s Pioneer Woman for those of you who have yet to be initiated in the “I Stalk P-Dub” fan club. I made her “Yummy, Easy, Pineapple Skewered Shrimp.” I really liked them and got asked for the recipe so I guess that means they weren’t poisonous at the very least. You can view the complete assembly instructions here but here is what I did since I was cooking for a crowd:

60ish jumbo shrimp (headless, peeled, de-veined…yeah, buy them like this. Trust me, it is worth the extra $100 dollars unless you have no use for an hour and a half of your time.)
1 cupish of teriyaki sauce
3 finely chopped green onions
Roughly a ¼ cup of sugar
A heaping tablespoon of minced garlic (about three cloves)
2 cans pineapple chunks
Wooden skewers

Prepare shrimp; set aside.

Mix teriyaki, sugar, green onions, garlic, and pineapple JUICE (just one cans worth) into a shallow baking dish big enough to house all your shrimp; add shrimp.

Marinate for roughly 2 hours ( I bet less or more would be fine, though.)

Assemble on skewers in this order so the shrimp is hugging a pineapple chunk with a chunk between each shrimp embrace (look at the pic, it will make more sense.)

Grill until beautifully blackened. Serve hot ( I got one cold and one hot…the hot kicked the cold one’s butt.)

I was afraid the skewers might catch on fire but they didn’t. I wish one did though so I could run around screaming “ Fire! Fire ON THE GRILL!” Then, people would think I was crazy and pierce me with a skewer or 9 toothpicks just to see if I could feel pain. I can.