8 wooden or metal skewers
1 pound asparagus
1 medium sweet red pepper
1 pound large shrimp (31 to 40 count)
1 package Simply Organic Sweet Basil Pesto Mix
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese salt
to taste pepper
Soak skewers for at least 30 minutes in cool water. Preheat broiler on high.
Trim asparagus to 3 inches in order to just use tips. Slice red pepper in 1-inch by 1/2-inch sections. Start by placing an asparagus tip on skewer, then a shrimp dusted in the Basil Pesto Mix, then a slice of red pepper. Repeat pattern on each skewer four times.
Take a 1-to 2-inch deep casserole dish and place the skewers across the dish. Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with any remaining seasoning mix.
Broil 4 to 7 minutes. Place on serving tray and cover liberally with shredded Parmesan cheese. Add a dash of salt and pepper to taste.
For variety, use other vegetables like zucchini instead of asparagus, and include yellow and green peppers for color.
Skewers may also be cooked on the grill. Serve as appetizers or as one of your choices for a tapas party.
Sweet Basil Pesto Mix
Sweet Basil Pesto is a fast and delicious mix that brings the savory flavors of basil, garlic, and black pepper to pasta and breads.
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As prepared, each serving contains 50 calories, 2 total fat, 45 cholesterol, 110mg sodium, 2g total carbohydrate and 7g protein.