Today my friends, you get not one. Not two. But 3, yes 3 different pictures of Proscuitto Wrapped Shrimp! Yes, 3 different pictures, because I can’t seem to get a great picture of it, and I’m pretty much shrimped out for the moment. These are so easy and fast to make, are an excellent appetizer, or can be a main course. Grill them outside, or in a grill pan inside. Don’t have a grill pan? Put ’em in a pan.
Here, the shrimp were grilled. The radicchio was also grilled. I think doing the shrimp this way, with corn and radicchio, is a superb flavor combination. I do have some “non” prosciutto shrimp on this plate as well.
In this picture, the toothpicks were left in so you could see how to spear with a toothpick on an angle. This helps to keep the shrimp straighter when cooking. This was on a stovetop grill pan. The little cakes are just left over polenta that I mixed with leftover artichoke dip. Those were pretty good.
This is a pile of shrimp that I was taking to a party as an appetizer.
With no further ado, let’s get started. Ready? It’s a little bit complicated…
Prosciutto Wrapped Shrimp
12 large sized raw shrimp
12 basil leaves
3-6 pieces prosciutto crudo (crudo is uncooked – air dried, and the most commonly found outside of Italy) cut into strips about 1- 1 1/2 inches wide
If necessary, clean and devein the shrimp. I prefer to leave the tails on like a little handle, but I like the heads off.
Wrap one piece of basil and 1 prosciutto strip around the body of each shrimp, and secure with a toothpick. Grind some pepper over the shrimp.
If using a gas grill outside, make sure the grate is cleaned and oiled, and at a high heat. Grill only 1-2 minutes on each side. The prosciutto will start to get crispy, and the shrimp will continue to cook even after you take it off the heat. I like to soak a bamboo skewer and thread the shrimp on that, rather than using a toothpick per shrimp. It’s easy to turn and you can serve it like a kabob if you like.
If using an inside grill pan, set it to just under medium (you know best how your stovetop works), and cook 3-5 minutes per side.
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