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Whenever my husband and I have a date night at home, I like to go beyond the ordinary and spice things up a bit by serving appetizers before the special meal. I don’t like slaving over the hot stove in the summertime, so my Gazpacho Shooters & Grilled Shrimp Skewers are the perfect choices for a first course.
Gazpacho is Perfect for Summertime
I just so happen to be a soup loving girl, but who wants to eat hot soup this time of year? Not me! Gazpacho to the rescue! It’s a delicious, chilled, tomato juice and chicken broth-based soup that’s full of good-for-you-veggies. I usually keep the good-for-you part a secret. And there’s no cooking involved!
You’ll always find Swanson Chicken Broth in my pantry – winter, spring, summer or fall. It’s a good thing that I can now buy it by the 6-pack in the soup aisle at Sam’s Club. It’s one of those staples that I always have on hand and I use it several times a week.
How to make Gazpacho
Gazpacho is so easy to make. Give all the veggies a rough chop, combine them with the tomato juice and Swanson Chicken Broth and puree it all together in a food processor or blender until the veggies are very finely chopped. (You’re gonna drink the stuff, so you don’t want big chunks.) Be sure and blend in two batches. Take my word for it. Chill in the fridge until time to serve.
Prepare the Grilled Shrimp
To prepare the grilled shrimp, I always soak the bamboo skewers for about five minutes in cold water so they won’t char during the grilling process. Peel & season shrimp (I buy the ones already deveined. I just hate deveining shrimp.) and thread on skewer through the body and the tail, add a thin slice of lime between the shrimp. It gives it some color, it’s pretty and I happen to like grilled limes.
Helpful Hint: Grill the shrimp about 3-4 minutes on each side or until they are opaque and turn pink. Overcooked shrimp are tough, rubbery and not very tasty.
Once the shrimp are done, pour the gazpacho into shot glasses, top with a shrimp skewer and serve. Store the leftover soup in the fridge. There should be enough left for at least one more meal.
Gazpacho Shooters and Grilled Shrimp Skewers
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