Friday, May 7, 2010

It's 5 o'clock somewhere...have some Grilled Island Shrimp Kebabs

Well, it has been quite a week!  Not only did we have the final week of classes and papers galore due (papers which always take a good twelve hours more than I expect), plus "good byes" for the summer to classmates, but also the honor of being the featured blogger on Tasty Kitchen, as well as my first blog award!  Unfortunately, I haven't really been able to spend much time thinking about these last two, nor my poor neglected kitchen, nor you, my friends, because of the tyranny of those papers and last classes.  And I'll be honest, I haven't spent enough time in my bed this week, either. 

But I am delighted to say that the papers are in, and all I have before me now is exam week!  So, in celebration of a Friday night, the end of the semester, an upcoming trip home, and my recent cooking accolades, and at least a little time to be back in my kitchen, I present to you Grilled Island Shrimp Kebabs, which are perfect for both a celebratory meal as well as one that whisks you away to the beach, if only for a little while, in a momentary denial of impending exams (or whatever you have coming up)!

Grilled Island Shrimp Kebabs
Adapted from Spicy Recipes

3/4 cup rum
1/2 cup pina colada mix
1/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
3 tablespoons fresh grated ginger
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely diced
2 dashes Liquid Smoke
zest of 1 lime
Two pounds peeled medium shrimp

In a small bowl, mix the first twelve ingredients. 

Thread the shrimp onto double skewers (to make flipping easier).  Place the kebabs in a 9 x 13 baking dish, and pour the marinade over the shrimp.  Marinate for about 20 minutes (no more than 30).  Grill over medium heat for about 8 minutes, flipping half-way through. 

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Andrea said...

OMG that looks so so SO GOOD!!! I love coconut shrimp - the pina colada mix in this has got to be delicious. Bookmarking this one for sure. I might have the husband attempt it for mothers day dinner!

bella said...

I discovered your blog from Tasty Kitchen. Love your recipes! I live in SC and love great Southern food (and Italian). I'm your newest follower and hope that you too can stop by my little blog someday. Happy Cooking! Roz (aka Bella)

Julie M. said...

This looks soooo yummy! I love grilled shrimp.

I left you an award over on my blog. Be sure to stop by and pick it up!

DessertForTwo said...

This is perfect for grill season! :)

Leah said...

Erin sent me the link to Tasty Kitchen when you were featured - I work at your school! Anyways, I nearly died to discover that someone in our neck of the woods had been noticed by PW herself. Congratulations! Your blog is wonderful and I'm so excited to try your recipes! :)