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Grilled Shrimp & Scallops Skewers -- Grilled Seafood with Uncle Mike's Spice Mix

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These shrimp and scallop skewers are very simple to make and so delicious. They take no time at all to prepare so they're great for a weekday meal, yet they're fancy enough for parties, special occasions, and holidays.

The spice mixture comes from my late father-in law, Mike Matticola -- "Uncle Mike" to the many people who knew and loved him. It's simple, yet perfectly balanced, and makes a great dry rub for meats, too. (BTW, the original recipe calls for a whole tablespoon of cayenne, which makes it quite fiery, so start with a teaspoon instead. It's easy to add more heat, but it's hard to subtract it!)

The spice mix makes a generous amount; store it in an airtight jar and you'll have plenty on hand for next time.

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Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 4 - 6 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 lb uncooked large or extra large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 lb bay scallops
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • Uncle Mike's Spice Mix: 2 1/2 Tbsps Paprika
  • 2 Tbsps salt
  • 1 Tbsp black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp onion powder
  • 1 Tbsp dried oregano, crushed
  • 1 Tbsp dried thyme, crushed
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper (or more to taste)

Preparation:

Place the shrimp and scallops in a bowl and stir in the olive oil until well coated.

In a separate bowl, combine the spice ingredients thoroughly.

Thread alternating shrimp and scallops on skewers. Liberally sprinkle both sides with spice mixture. (There will be extra spice mix; store it in an airtight jar for next time)

Grill over high heat until shrimp and scallops are just opaque and spices are lightly colored (about 1 minute per side.)

Makes 4 - 6 servings of Grilled Shrimp and Scallops Skewers with Uncle Mike's Spice.

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