When I first started working as a private chef after culinary school, I took a few classes here and there, with one of my favorites focused on olive oil, the different grades and flavors. It was eye-opening for me to taste all the varieties I could and try to identify all of the nuances in each. These days, I’m a bit more relaxed and more look for a good quality extra virgin olive oil that I can use in my every day cooking without getting too twitchy about the whole thing. Olives and olive oil are incredibly versatile. They’re bursting with flavor and health benefits, making them essential ingredients in every cook’s kitchen. Find your favorite olive oil and try these yummy shrimp skewers this week.
Crispy Garlic Shrimp Skewers
Total Time: 30 minutes
Makes: 32 appetizers
- 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, divided
- 1 egg white
- 2 large cloves garlic, minced
- 32 raw medium shrimp, shelled and deveined (about 1 1/4 pounds)
- 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh dill or parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
- Pinch of salt
- 3/4 cup Panko bread crumbs
- 1/3 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese
- 16 pitted large green olives
- 16 pitted large ripe olives
- 32 grape tomatoes
- 1/2 medium cucumber, sliced lengthwise and cut into 32 pieces
- 32 (4 to 6-inch) appetizer skewers
Heat oven to 475°F.
Blend 3 tablespoons olive oil, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, egg white and garlic in small bowl. Add shrimp; toss to coat; set aside.
Blend remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, dill or parsley, lemon peel and salt in small bowl. Set aside.
Mix bread crumbs and cheese on waxed paper; dredge shrimp to coat evenly. Place in single layer on baking sheet. Bake 8 to 12 minutes or until light golden and thoroughly cooked. Gently loosen shrimp from baking sheet; cool 1 to 2 minutes.
Thread a single shrimp, olive, tomato and cucumber piece on each skewer. Serve immediately drizzled with olive oil mixture.
TIP: Rub Panko crumbs and cheese between your palms to create a uniform, consistent mixture. The mixture will adhere more evenly to the shrimp.
Recipe courtesy of the International Olive Council