National Shrimp Day

Okayyyyyyy! Go for the oxymoron and enjoy some crispy, cold jumbo shrimp cocktail with a zesty horseradish dipping sauce. Or simply grill some beauties in garlic butter and sprinkle with some favorite herbs. For extreme decadence, bake some colossal shrimp with lobster-crab stuffing.

To get you started here’s the recipe for my Super Simple Shrimp Quesadillas.

2 (8”) flour tortillas

12 x-lg shrimp (16/30 count per pound), shelled & deveined; tails removed

½ c cream cheese, softened to room temp

½ c cheddar, Jack, or muenster cheese (or combo)

1 thinly sliced green onion

¼ c chopped yellow or red onion, microwaved on high for 2 min (3 if a red onion)

4 T chopped plum tomatoes

1 T sriracha (or garlic chili or Thai hot sauce)

1 T fresh lime juice

2 T butter

Combine cheeses, onions, tomatoes, hot sauce & lime juice. Divide between the tortillas, spreading on just half of one side of each. Top cheese mixture with a single layer of shrimp. Fold plain half of the tortilla over the filled half, forming a half-moon shape. Melt butter in skillet over med heat; place the 2 tortillas in the butter and let cook 3 min per side till brown and crisp. Turning just once with large spatula. Cut in wedges and serve with your choice of salsa, guacamole, and/or sour cream. These are delicious as appetizers or as a lunch, served with a chilled salad of corn, black beans, diced tomatoes, and diced avocado.

About Cathy Burnham Martin

Author of 20+ books, and counting! A professional voice-over artist, dedicated foodie, and lifelong corporate communications geek, Cathy Burnham Martin has enjoyed a highly eclectic career, ranging from the arts and journalism to finance, telecommunications, and publishing. Along with her husband, Ron Martin, she has passions for entertaining, gardening, volunteering, active and visual arts, GREAT food, and traveling. Cathy often says, "I believe that we all should live with as much contagious enthusiasm as possible... Whether we're with friends or family, taking people along for the ride is more than half the fun."
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