Thursday, August 18, 2011


Grilled Herb shrimps , with Basil , lotsa garlic and some pine nuts to be a bit more precise.

This is the ''Wild Card '' fortnight at Ina's Garden and that means you can join in the party with jus about any of ur Ina's creations ...

Shrimp and grilled together sound exciting and this is just the shrimp am going to grill over the weekend for a dinner , but for now i jus grilled a small batch for 2 of us for lunch and it was awesome.

The best part about this recipe ( i promise ur gonna love this part) is that u can marinate the shrimps (or even chicken) , spread it on ur baking tray , cover well or cling wrap the previous nite and all u need to do on the day of the party is pop the tray in the oven a little before the guests arrive to a warm very very yummy smelling home ...( c i told ya , ur gonna love this )

There were actually no limes in the pantry , and i subbed in some home vinegar and the flavours it helped bring were fantastic, pairing beautifully with the french mustard.

+ all the marinade with the onion served as a great salsa kinda of accompaniment with the prawns.
The onions get mustardy and the vinegar, again , lends a nice flavour to them.

So yeah one whole onion for a few shrimps is totally worth it coz the grilled onions grab the nice shrimpy flavour plus with the basil et all , its gets absolutely delightful , and if u make lots of it u can even have some of it on some toastess and viola u have another entree.
The pine nuts were added on impulse coz of their ''pesto'' pairing with basil .

And just like Ina's recipes , this one is soo forgiving too , specially if u dont seem to have it all in sur pantry.
I measured nothing out , jus played it by ear and still it was sooo good!

+ i added some whole coloured peppercorns with some crushed one's , and lots of chopped garlic with a whole onion , that as i said , is a nice accompaniment with the shrimps.

original recipe here

7- 8 larger shrimps, heads and tails left on
1-2 tbh chopped garlic
1 red onion chopped
a good handful of basil chopped 
1 tsp pf dijon mustard
1 tsp whole peppers (coloured)
1/2 whole peppers crushed
some pine nuts (optional)
a splash of vinegar or wine or lemon juice
salt to taste 
a ''good'' drizzle of olive oil

1) Mix all the ingredients in a bowl , and marinate the shrimps , atleast for an hour .

2) Place on a baking sheet , if grilling under a broiler ( with all the marinade), and grill till done , turning once in between.

3) Dot with butter when done (optional ) , and serve with all the marinade ,now browned and yummy of onions and pine nuts.

Serve with the ''onion salsa '' u grilled along (marinade)

NOTE- if u want more of the onion + basil+ pine nut salsa , jus add some more to the shrimps thats all, and dot with butter /olive oil.

I think this would be fantastic with some Pesto or parmesan and bread crumbs too , but whatever u do , dont leave out the garlic (and butter too :-) )