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Basque Brochettes

D'Artagnan | Yield: 16 hors d'oeuvre | Cook Time: 15 minutes
These flavorful skewers highlight quintessential Basque flavors - shrimp, piment d'espelette and jambon de bayonne. Best of all, they're party perfect in just 15 minutes. For an even faster version, throw these babies on the grill.
Recipe - Basque Brochettes - Dartagnan.com

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more as needed
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons Piment d' Espelette, plus more to taste
  • 16 large shrimp, shelled, deveined, rinsed and pattted dry
  • Freshly cracked pepper
  • 2 packages sliced Jambon de Bayonne, each slice cut in half lengthwise to create strips
  • Fresh thyme leaves, to garnish

Preparation

  1. Soak 16 bamboo skewers in warm water. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F,  with rack in the center position.
  2. In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, add 1/4 cup olive oil, garlic and 2 teaspoons piment d'Espelette. Heat until the garlic sizzles and browns lightly around the edges, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. Place each shrimp on a skewer, lengthwise so the shrimp is straightened out. Season shrimp with pepper and a pinch of piment d'Espelette, if desired. Set a rack over a rimmed baking sheet.
  4. One at a time, lay the jambon de Bayonne on a flat work surface, short side toward you and roll tightly around shrimp. Repeat with remaining skewers.
  5. Lay the shrimp on the prepared baking rack with at least 1/2 inch space between each one. Brush both sides with the reserved oil.
  6. Roast until shrimp are firm to the touch and lightly browned in places, about 8 minutes or so. Transfer to a serving platter, garnish with fresh thyme and serve immediately.

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