Thursday, March 31, 2011

It’s that time


It seems that spring has finally sprung, as evidenced by the fact that I’m sitting on the patio typing this at eight in the morning, and it is actually warmer out here than in our icebox of a house. After a few weeks of stormy weather, gray days and some very chilly temperatures, we’re hitting high seventies this week. (I know I’m not getting a whole lot of sympathy from anyone outside of California.)

To me, spring means flip-flops and dresses, fruit, sunshine, barbecue smoke, picnics, frozen drinks, open windows, long days, colorful blooms, sunscreen, mid-day naps, and peaceful morning walks. All good things…


When we hit this time of year, you rarely find us inside. Weekends are spent sitting outside, soaking up the sun, avoiding chores and errands, and most likely barbecuing. We’ve even hauled the ridiculously huge air mattress out on the patio and slept out here once or twice. I’m sure the neighbors, who could easily witness this scene by looking down from their second story windows, would much rather it be storming and thereby not allowing the obnoxiously giggly neighbors to do crap like this. (What they don’t know is that we’re just as obnoxious inside, and during the winter months we’ve been known to clear out our dining room and set up our tent in front of the fireplace for an indoor campout.)

So on one of the first days when it was warm enough to barbecue without putting on our snowsuits, we fired up the grill for these springtime inspired shrimp skewers and sat outside to enjoy a glass of wine and the perfect evening.


Skewers of Shrimp, Grapefruit and Avocado

2 servings

12 large shrimp, peeled, tail-on
1 grapefruit, cut into supremes, tossed in canola oil
1 avocado, cut into large chunks
bamboo skewers, soaked in water

For the marinade:
1/2 cup freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 jalapeno, sliced
1 tablespoon chopped mint
1 teaspoon white miso
2 teaspoons honey


Whisk all marinade ingredients together and add shrimp. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes.

When ready to grill, thread shrimp, avocado and grapefruit onto the skewers. (Make sure the grapefruit segments are skewered lengthwise.) Grill over medium heat for several minutes per side, until shrimp are cooked through.

Note: The grapefruit will stick to the grill if it isn’t oiled sufficiently. Even then, very carefully turn the skewers so as not to lose the grapefruit. (We did have a few causalities fall through the grill.)


Going in, I was a little skeptical about this dish. I wasn’t sure about the flavor combinations, and I wasn’t sure how the grilling would change the texture of the avocado and grapefruit. Turns out the flavors mesh really well together and the grilled avocado was one of my favorite parts of this meal (Andy’s was the grapefruit). The grapefruit is definitely a bit of a hassle to grill, but all in all, this light and fresh dish surpassed my expectations. The tart citrus flavor and the creamy, smoky avocado screamed spring to me, which is exactly what I wanted for our first dinner alfresco of the year.

In other exciting news, I had my first article published as part of the Yahoo! Contributor Network.  Check it out here: Be an Iron Chef at Home: Host a Cook-off!

31 comments:

  1. That is an interesting combination...I have never tried grilled avocado, what a great idea!

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  2. Karen, I LOVE the flavors that you combined for these shrimp skewers - I would have never thought to put a fruit on savory skewers. Great idea! I'll definitely be trying this soon. Thanks for stopping by my blog, too. :)

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  3. Shrimp and avocado are two of my favorites. Adding the grapefruit sounds terrific!

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  4. This recipe is a keeper for me (glad you have email function)! I never marinated in grapefruit juice, but I already can taste this yummy shrimp! Such a great appetizer and I was surprised to see miso in this recipe! I can call it Japanese twist? hehe. Thanks for the recipe. I'll try this recipe soon!

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  5. You really have me craving spring time, even though we grill all year, we are having trecherous tornado's here. I am stalled being able to grill for a few days.. but when I can this is on the list of can't wait to try and eat!

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  6. Can you send some of your spring warmth this way? We had snow yesterday! Boy, what a wonderful combination of ingredients...I can only imagine the lovely flavors...excellent job!

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  7. Lovely post!! The shrimp looks so delicious, it reminds me of the warmer weather! Very nice!

    xx,
    Tammy

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  8. I know just what you mean about the weather .. I felt just the same way. It was warmer outside this morning than it was indoors. What a lovely idea to combine avocado with shrimp on skewers ...I've got to really try this one soon. As usual your photos are just lovely!

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  9. I would have never thought to pair avocados and grapefruit on a shrimp skewer, but it looks like it worked very well. Your skewers look great!

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  10. this dish looks like spring wonderful

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  11. These look awesome. All the bright colors and fresh tastes. Yum!

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  12. Lovely! Still waiting for spring to show up around here....any day now. I'll be keeping this one on the back burner for when the rain finally stops.

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  13. These skewers look delicious!! I love the flavors too. This is definitely perfect for spring!!

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  14. Alright, I'm jealous now. We went to the coast today to have lunch at our usually place.Beautiful day, better than most summer days, but I'd rather have stayed home and had your skewers.Looks so delicious.

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  15. YES! Here's to sundresses and flip flops!!!! Bring them on! These are perfect skewers! Healthy but still SUPER rich and delicious! I love avocado more than anything!

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  16. My whole family is in love with avocados, but I would have never thought about putting them on skewers and grilling them. It sounds absolutely divine, especially with the shrimp and grapefruit. Totally spring!

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  17. Love shrimp and avocado! Here in South Carolina everything is in full bloom. I've already had to cut the grass last week!

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  18. I wish that I could step out in my backyard right now and start grilling this yummylicious meal that I'm looking at on my screen!! It's still too cold out here in the midwest, but I'll remember this shrimp avocado goodness... looks so good!

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  19. Spring on a stick! Hubby can't do grapefruit, but I bet I could substitute oranges. Sounds delicious- I can't wait for warmer weather! :)

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  20. I made your shrimp tonight. We loved it! great combo of flavors. The grapefruit was a little tricky, as you said it might be, but a very tasty dinner. We would happily have it again.

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  21. Hi Karen - thanks for stopping by and following! So happy to have found your blog. Your recipes look scrumptious and the shrimp, grapefruit and avocado combination sounds fresh and delicious. Thanks for sharing!

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  22. Karen, those skewers looks very inviting and what a perfect combintaion of colors and flavors. A nice dish to that will definitely wow the guests.

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  23. Hello Karen! :) This too spells Spring and beautifully! I'm a great fan of avocados but never tried to grill them and you are certainly showing me the way. Thank you!

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  24. This dish just says warm weather and being outside to me, love it!

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  25. This sounds wonderful. I love the grapefruit/avocado combo. This makes me wish summer was here already!

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  26. karen, you were one of the first people to follow my measly blog(when it started off :P) and i'm ever so grateful for tht... and i'm honestly not shooting off my hip but i'd decided tonite or tomorrow i shd dive in here and say hi and ask houz your husband coz i remember reading his results were fine...am i right?

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  27. Well, I think this is a very nice combination and something I would love to eat. I think I need to do more experimenting and come up with my own recipes like this, I use other's recipes too much. Your home food competition ideas were great, it would be fun to try one of them!

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