Everything about this dish falls into the splurge category, especially if you live here in the Northeast, where shrimp come from elsewhere and Meyer lemons do not grow on trees. However, the holiday weekend approaches, and who deserves this over-the-top indulgent appetizer more than friends and family coming to the first official celebration of the summer season? There's nothing complicated here. Steam, poach, broil or grill jumbo shrimp. Mix up a fresh sauce with Greek yogurt and fresh dill weed and, if you can find one, a Meyer lemon, which is a cross between a lemon and a tangerine. Simple, elegant, and sure to be the first dish to disappear at any party.
Shrimp with Meyer lemon-dill dipping sauce
Serves 4, generously, as an appetizer.
1 lb jumbo (16-20 size) shrimp, defrosted if frozen, peeled and deveined, tails left on
1-2 Tbsp mayonnaise, to taste
1/4 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
Zest and juice of 1 Meyer lemon (or regular lemon)
2 Tbsp chopped fresh dill weed
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp fresh black pepper
Cook the shrimp in your favorite way: poach, roast, grill, or cook on the panini press. I like to poach mine for 2-3 minutes (not more!) in 2 inches of boiling water, until the shrimp are pink and curled. Drain, and rinse under cool water to stop the cooking. At this point, you can refrigerate the cooked shrimp until ready to serve.
Combine the remaining ingredients in a mixing bowl, and whisk together to incorporate. Transfer to a small serving bowl. You can cover and refrigerate this for several hours.
Serve the shrimp on a plate, surrounding the dipping sauce.
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Spicy Asian shrimp cocktail
Roasted shrimp appetizer with spicy peanut sauce
Grilled sesame-lime shrimp and cucumber skewers
Shrimp with tarragon and yogurt sauce
Salt and pepper prawns
Other recipes that use these pantry ingredients:
James Beard's broiled shrimp appetizer, from Undercover Caterer
Quick crispy Old Bay shrimp appetizer, from Everyday Maven
Dynamite shrimp, from Rasa Malaysia
Roasted shrimp with rosemary, garlic and lemon, from Cookin' Canuck
Gift wrapped shrimp bites, from Everyday Southwest
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