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Martina’s Kitchen Mix: Shrimp & Chorizo with Latin Flavors

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Martina’s Kitchen Mix Recipe

Shrimp & Chorizo with Latin Flavors 

This Spanish-inspired appetizer will be the hit of your party.  When you marinate shrimp in lemon juice, the avid from the lemon can actually “cook” the shrimp and change its texture overtime. By using only lemon zest here, you can let the shrimp marinate longer, which results in better flavor. These skewers are pretty served warm on a tray with grilled bread, Spanish olives, and Manchego cheese.

Serves 8 as an appetizer         Hands-on 35 minutes

Total 4 hours, 35 minutes, including 4 hours chilling

2 tablespoons sherry vinegar

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

½ cup chopped fresh parsley

2 teaspoons lemon zest

¾ teaspoon smoked paprika

1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

¼ teaspoon black pepper

1 large bay leaf

1 pound large raw shrimp, peeled and deveined

1 (8-ounce) package smoked chorizo (such as Boar’s Head)


  1. Whisk together the vinegar and next 8 ingredients in a large bowl. Add the shrimp, tossing to coat. Cover and chill 4 hours.
  2. Preheat the grill to medium.
  3. Drain the shrimp from the marinade, discarding marinade, and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Grill the shrimp 3 minutes per side or just until done.
  5. Slice the chorizo in half lengthwise, and then slice into ¼ – inch thick slices.
  6. To assemble, skewer a chorizo slice followed by a grilled shrimp. Serve immediately.

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