Lemon Basil Shrimp Appetizer

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by Chris on July 3, 2011


As July 4th weekend is in full swing, there are Independence Day celebrations galore throughout the United States. With those parties, family gatherings, barbecues and picnics surround us around fun and food.  Stereotypical barbecues include burgers, hot dogs, ribs and chicken. Add grilled cooking?  Who can resist?

While the meat dishes are very tasty, I have phased them out of my diet. I do eat meat every now and again, but for the most part…gone. Why?  In short?  I like meat, meat doesn’t like me. ‘Nuff said.

Not wanting to draw attention to myself with “Aren’t you going to eat?” questions, I always end up trying something…usually chicken.  And, nine times out of ten, I end up getting ill.

Since I am not a fan of being ill, I improvise.  With my “don’t show up empty handed” mentality, I bring food I know I can eat.  For example, because overly creamy and egg-y potato and/or pasta salads are not this first food item I run to…or the 10th for that matter, Patriotic Potato Salad is a Mele Cotte replacement. I might also bring a plate of Deviled Eggs or a 7 layer Dip.

Recently, I made some shrimp that turned into my next “don’t show up empty handed” contribution.  Light and refreshing people (who are not food fanatics like us) always think shrimp that’s not fried is so fancy! Throw some fresh herbs in the mix, and …well… five star!

What is your go-to party-bringing dish/dessert?

Whether you’re in the United States observing its Independence, to the north celebrating Canada’s birthday, or somewhere else on the globe rejoicing whatever is important in your world, I wish you a wonderful and joyous weekend filled with memories that last a lifetime.

Other tasty Shrimp Dishes on Mele Cotte:

Guacamole Peppered Shrimp Tostadas

Shrimp Burgers with Avocado Aioli

Quick and Easy Spicy Grilled Shrimp

Summer Shrimp Salad

Shrimp & Vegetable Orzo

Other tasty Shrimp Dishes:

Running with Tweezers: Räksmörgas

Flanboyant Eats: Chilled White Asparagus & Ginger Soup W/Grilled Shrimp

Kalyn’s Kitchen: Shrimp with Mustard-Horseradish Sauce

Perfect Pantry: Shrimp and Edamame Salad with Sesame Ginger Vinaigrette

Cookin Canuck: Mini Grilled Pizzas with Shrimp & Roasted Red Pepper

Never Enough Thyme: Summer Shrimp Cocktail

The Kitchn: Shrimp and Grits

White on Rice Couple: Crispy Shrimp Tacos

What’s Cookin Chicago?: Ten Succulent Shrimp Recipes




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Kalyn July 3, 2011 at 9:34 AM

I’m also trying to eat less meat and you know what, I don’t really miss it. Shrimp like this are such a healthy protein source; looks delish.

Sharona May July 3, 2011 at 5:41 PM

Looks awesome! Bring it right over we are ready and waiting. :)
Sharona May

Maris(In Good Taste) July 4, 2011 at 6:14 AM

Perfect alternative to meat. Healthier and I think tastier

Kate July 5, 2011 at 2:21 PM

I am so jealous since our fourth of july consisted of cold sandwiches in an airport!

Katie July 5, 2011 at 2:52 PM

I just made the old classic shrimp cocktail (finally found horseradish) This will be next!

Chris July 10, 2011 at 6:20 PM

Thanks Sharon!

I think so, Maris! Shrimp are yummy delicious.

Oh Kate! Sorry about your cold sammy….

The classic is always a sure thing, too Katie!

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