Servings: Serves 4
Ingredients 16 extra large, 6 to 8 count, peeled and deveined shrimp ' 'Coarse saltZest of 1 lemon and juice of 1/2 lemonExtra-virgin olive oil , EVOO, for liberal drizzling1 package (3/4-pound) chorizo , cut into 16 thick slices on an angle1 generous handful flat-leaf parsley1 generous handful cilantro leaves2 cloves garlic , cracked from skin1 jar roasted Piquillo Spanish peppers (available in most markets, roasted red peppers may be substituted, about 1 cup packed, drained)1 can (28 ounces) fire-roasted tomatoes , diced or crushed1 small yellow onion , coarsely chopped1/2 seedless cucumber , peeled, chopped2 ribs celery from heart, chopped2 thick slices crusty bread , chopped1 tablespoon hot sauce for medium to spicy heat level, adjust to your own taste
Preheat grill or grill pan over medium high heat. Zest 1 lemon and reserve on cutting board.
Place shrimp in shallow dish and season with salt, lemon juice and a liberal drizzle of EVOO—just enough to coat the shrimp. Skewer 4 shrimp alternating with 4 slices of chorizo on each skewer.
Place 2 tablespoons, a palmful, of parsley on the cutting board with the lemon zest. Add 1/2 a palmful of cilantro leaves to the pile as well as 1 clove of garlic. Finely chop this mixture and reserve for sprinkling over shrimp and gazpacho.
Place remaining herbs and garlic in the food processor or a large blender with peppers, tomatoes, chopped vegetables, bread and hot sauce and process until smooth.
Grill shrimp and chorizo 3 to 4 minutes on each side until shrimp is firm and opaque. Serve small bowls of gazpacho with shrimp skewers resting across the top of the bowls for dipping and dunking.
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