Blogging requires a lot of time and effort. If you have a career, a spouse, two dogs, and great friends and you squeeze a food blog into the mix, you’re in for some busy evenings and weekends. Recipe development, testing, cooking, food styling, staging, photographing, and writing are all separate disciplines and each requires skill, time, and patience. From start to to finish a post can take many hours. Don’t get me wrong; this blog has been one of the most exciting things I’ve taken on in years. I truly am following my passion. Keeping all the balls in the air can be a challenge, though. I thank my lucky stars for a supportive partner!
Sometimes my struggle springs from the balance between developing my own recipes and attempting recipes from the myriad cookbooks and magazines that clutter my kitchen. I’m always reading cooking publications and I discover recipes every day that compete for my attention.
With limited time this week, I opted for a recipe from one of my favorite grilling cookbooks. I’m an enthusiastic Weber gas grill owner. The company has published a cookbook called Weber’s New Real Grilling and no less than 10 recipes from this cookbook top my to do list.
The combination of pistachios and tarragon in this recipe piqued my curiousity and the finished kabobs did not disappoint. I’m a big fan of dishes that are quick enough for a weeknight meal and interesting enough to serve to dinner guests. This one definitely falls into that category.
3/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
1/4 cup chopped fresh tarragon
1/4 cup roasted and unsalted pistachios
5 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1 clove garlic
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon black peppper
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon water
24 large shrimp, peeled and deveined
24 grape tomatoes
1 medium zucchini
1 large yellow bell pepper
Extra virgin olive oil
1. Combine parsley, tarragon, pistachios, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and pepper in the bowl of a food processor. Process mixture for one minute. With motor still running, slowly add olive oil. Continue processing until smooth, periodically scraping the sides of the bowl.
2. Transfer 1/3 cup of the pesto to a small bowl for brushing onto the kabobs before grllling. Pour remaining pesto into another bowl and add water. This portion will be for brushing onto cooked kabobs. Set both bowls aside.
1. Soak eight wooden skewers in water for 30 minutes.
2. Cut zucchini lengthwise and slice each half into 12 half circles.
3. Cut bell pepper into 24 pieces.
4. Cut the white and light green part of each scallion into two pieces.
5. Thread shrimp, tomatoes, zucchini, bell pepper, and scallions onto skewers. Brush each kabob with olive oil, pesto, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
6. Heat grill to 450 to 550 degrees.
7. Grill kabobs for two to three minutes on each side or until shrimp are opaque. Do not overcook.
8. Remove from grill and drizzle kabobs with additional pesto and top with lemon juice. Serve immediately.