Trying to find basil in the store was a challenge. No basil at all in the little packages. But I found a basil plant for $1.99 that I bought. Worked out great. I picked what I needed and its still in the window and growing more!
These turned out great. The orignial recipe called for skewers but I just did it in a grill basket and that worked out fine.
- 1 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
- 1 clove garlic (I used the minced garlic in the jar)
- 1/4 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 1 1/2 lbs jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined
- salt and fresh pepper to taste
In a food processor pulse basil, garlic, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper until smooth. Slowly add the olive oil while pulsing. I used the mini food processor from Cuisinart. This little thing is nothing short of amazing. Its tiny, easy to clean and gets the job done for small projects. It was also only $20 on Ebay.
Combine raw shrimp with pesto and marinate a few hours in a bowl.
Heat grill to 350 degrees. Place shrimp in grill basket and grill until they are pink and cooked. Do not burn.