Sunday, May 29, 2011

Pickled Shrimp 

It’s a busy weekend, so I’m sharing a Lowcountry favorite from Paula Deen.  These shrimp are perfect to take to a barbeque for snacking before the main meal. You precook the shrimp and then layer them in a glass jar along with the other ingredients and marinate in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

7 1/2 cups water
2 1/2 pounds unpeeled fresh shrimp
3 medium onions, sliced
Fresh ground pepper
Whole peppercorns
4 bay leaves
2 whole cloves garlic, peeled
1 tablespoon lemon juice


Bring the water to a boil in a large saucepan. Add the shrimp and cook until just pink, no more than 3 to 5 minutes. Drain well and rinse in cold water to prevent further cooking. Peel and devein shrimp, leaving tails on. In a large glass airtight jar (about 1 1/2 quarts *) layer shrimp and onions and top each layer with ground black pepper, peppercorns, bay leaf and a clove of garlic. Keep layering until jar is about 2/3 full. Pour vinegar and lemon juice over layers until jar is almost full. Leave space at the top so you can gently shake jar to remix ingredients. Seal jar tightly and chill for a few days up to 2 weeks. Turn jar upside down to remix every other day or so. Serve chilled as an appetizer.

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