The weather is definitely cooling down, and very quickly I might add. Over here in the US, we had a long Labor Day weekend. There were two nice sunny days but Monday was cold and a little wet. This was also the last weekend of the summer holidays. Rain or shine, we had to make the most out of it.
Despite the on-off drizzle, we decided to go ahead with our plans for the grill. What’s a long weekend without some grilling, right? Besides, I wanted to use those shrimps and vegetables from the farmers market. Teenage boys need lots of protein and so in went the cooked apple chicken sausages.
I seasoned the pound of shrimps with a ¼ teaspoon thyme, a ½ teaspoon sugar, and freshly shaved salt and pepper. For the vegetables, I used a good shake of thyme, salt, and pepper. Let shrimps and vegetables hang out for 30 minutes. Slice sausages into bite size pieces. Skewer the shrimps, vegetables, and sausages and grill for about 3 to 4 minutes on each side. Do not over cook or shrimps will become rubbery.
- 1 lb (450g) large shrimps, peeled and deveined but leave tails intact
- ½ tsp sugar
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- Salt and pepper
- 12 oz (340g) apple chicken sausage or sausage of choice, cut into 4 crosswise
- 2 red bell peppers, cubed
- 2 zucchinis, cut into chunks
- 2 yellow squashes, cut into chunks
- Vegetable oil
- Soak 12 large bamboo skewers in water for 30 minutes.
- Marinade shrimps with sugar, ¼ teaspoon dried thyme, salt, and pepper for 30 minutes. In a separate container, combine red bell peppers, zucchinis, and yellow squashes. Sprinkle remaining ¾ teaspoon dried thyme, salt, and pepper over vegetables. Let vegetables sit for 30 minutes.
- String shrimps, sausages, and vegetables alternately onto skewers. Brush generously with vegetable oil. Place on preheated grill and cook for 3 to 4 minutes on each side.
- Remove and serve immediately with your favorite dipping sauce.
Ro-Ri San did a great job at the grill with these kebabs. The shrimps were juicy and succulent, and vegetables were tender and flavorful. The sausages? Can’t go wrong with sausages.
Now, to share a little bit about kids going back to school. You know it’s time to pull back on the fussing when
1. your youngest enters high school and says, “Don’t worry, Mom. I can take care of it!”
2. they are out of the car and down the hallway before you even have time to collect your thoughts.
3. they are off in different directions doing their thing after school instead of sitting down and having an afternoon snack.
Sigh…they do grow up fast!
Enjoy…..and have a wonderful day! 😎