While tinkering and tuning up recipes for my spring menu, I came up with a snazzy little appetizer that's perfect for Cinco de Mayo. It features two favorites: shrimp and margaritas! —Nancy Buchanan, Costa Mesa, California
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup lime juice
- 3 tablespoons tequila
- 3 tablespoons Triple Sec
- 4-1/2 teaspoons grated lime peel, divided
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon ground oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground chipotle pepper
- 16 uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
- In a large saucepan, bring water and sugar to a boil. Cook and stir until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat; stir in lime juice, tequila, Triple Sec and 3 teaspoons lime peel.
- Transfer to an 11x7-in. dish; cool to room temperature. Freeze 1 hour; stir with a fork. Freeze 4-5 hours longer or until completely frozen, stirring every 30 minutes.
- In a small bowl, combine cumin, paprika, oregano, salt and chipotle pepper; add shrimp, tossing to coat. Thread shrimp onto eight soaked wooden appetizer skewers.
- Moisten a paper towel with cooking oil; using long-handled tongs, lightly coat grill rack. Grill shrimp, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from heat 3-4 minutes on each side or until shrimp turn pink.
- Stir granita with a fork just before serving; spoon into small glasses. Top with remaining lime peel; serve with shrimp. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Margarita Granita with Spicy Shrimp in Healthy Cooking April/May 2012, p47
Sweet White Wine
Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.
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Reviewed Apr. 23, 2012
"I didn't try the margarita, but the shrimp is great. I used smoked hot paprika from the spice house."