Grilled Shrimp And Sausage Skewers With Smoky Paprika Glaze

We had a summer kick-off BBQ with the family last Sunday. Of course sun, swimming, and lots of yummy food was involved. I made these Grilled Shrimp And Sausage Skewers With Smoky Paprika Glaze. I found the recipe in an old Bon Appetit magazine (June 2010). Shrimp and sausage are great right? Well this smoky paprika glaze just threw it over the top. You could really taste the smokiness from the paprika and the fresh thyme and garlic. Not your typical kabob, so much flavor. Everyone loved this!

I adapted the ingredients slightly to our taste.

The ingredients are:

  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 4 large garlic cloves, pressed
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 5 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 12 uncooked extra-large shrimp, peeled, deveined
  • 12 1-inch long pieces kielbasa sausage
  • 12 cherry tomatoes
  • 12 2-layer sections of red onion wedges

Nonstick vegetable oil spray

Special equipment

6 long metal skewers or 3 long bendable ones

  1. Whisk oil, garlic, thyme, smoked paprika, vinegar, salt, and black pepper in medium bowl to blend for glaze. Transfer half of glaze to small bowl and reserve for serving.
  2. Alternately thread shrimp, sausage pieces, cherry tomatoes, and sections of onion wedges on each of 6 long metal skewers. Arrange skewers on large rimmed baking sheet. (Do Ahead: Can be made up to 6 hours ahead. Cover and chill skewers and bowls of glaze separately.)
  3. Coat grill rack with nonstick spray and prepare barbecue (medium-high heat). Brush skewers on both sides with glaze from 1 bowl. Grill until shrimp are opaque in center, turning and brushing occasionally with more glaze, 6 to 8 minutes.
  4. Arrange skewers on platter. Serve with remaining bowl of glaze.


Sausage, Peppers, and Onions

Here is a recipe for Sausage and Peppers that my family really enjoys. It’s not a traditional Sausage and Peppers with a tomato base but it is very good. The peppers and onions give the dish a slight sweetness with big flavor. All of the ingredients combined create a wonderful meal! The ingredients are:

  • 1-2 Pounds of Sausage (which ever one you like, I use a mild Italian Sausage)
  • Sweet peppers, cut into slivers ( about 2 Cups) I get the bag of mini peppers from Costco and use them.
  • 1 onion ( cut the same way as the peppers)
  • 4 t. Chicken bullion paste
  • Garlic (minced)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Italian seasoning
  • Fresh Parsley
  1. Boil sausage untill cooked. Then slice it up and  put it in a pan and fry untill brown.
  2. While you are doing this you can put the peppers and onions in a pot and cook with 1 cup of water and bullion paste.
  3. When sausage is done add the peppers and onions, along with the garlic and seasonings.
  4. Cook for about a half hour and serve over buttered Penne Pasta.
  5. Sprinkle fresh parsley over dish and serve.