Here is a quick recipe to prepare ad an appetizer or snack for unexpected guests pop in at your home…

***my tip: add roasted red pepper, roasted cherry tomato or marinated artichoke to the garlic shrimp

Garlic Shrimp

~ Ingredients
8 fresh Texas toast bread slices
5 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 1/2 pounds peeled, large raw shrimp (2 0/25 count)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup butter
4 fresh thyme sprigs
2 tablespoons jarred minced garlic
2 tablespoons minced shallots or sweet onion
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
Garnish: lemon zest


1. Preheat grill to 300° to 350° (medium) heat. Drizzle 1 side of bread slices with 3 Tbsp. olive oil. Grill bread slices 1 to 2 minutes or until toasted. Cut bread slices into triangles. Place on a serving platter.

2. Devein shrimp, if desired. Season shrimp with salt and pepper. Melt butter with remaining 2 Tbsp. olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat; add shrimp, thyme, and next 2 ingredients, and sauté 2 to 3 minutes or just until shrimp turn pink. Add lemon juice and parsley. Serve immediately over grilled bread. Garnish, if desired.

Southern Living Aug 2011