Preparing the Prosciutto Wrapped Shrimp for the Grill
This is a great appetizer for parties because 90%of the work can be done ahead of time. Devien the shrimp and get them marinated so that you can wrap them with the basil and prosciutto and keep in the fridge until its time to grill.
Since shrimp cook so quickly you can have them ready to serve in about 10 minutes if you prepped them ahead and preheat the grill.
If your in a time run ch or really want to keep things simple you can use a store bought Italian dressing to marinate the shrimp.
Dipping Sauce For The Shrimp
As far as dipping sauces go I went with my Spicy Calabrian Chili aioli but you can use a creamy Italian or any sauce you prefer.
Can you make Tuscan prosciutto wrapped shrimp if you don't have a grill?
Sure, If you don't have a grill you can make the prosciutto wrapped shrimp in a pan following the same grilling instructions. You can also Air Fry These Shrimp for about 10 minutes at 400 flipping half way through the cooking process.
Can you substitute bacon instead of prosciutto?
Yes, If you use bacon choose a thin cut so that the bacon can get crispy and not overcook the shrimp. What for flare ups on the grill because of the higher fat content of bacon.
Is a gas grill or a charcoal grill better?
Either one will work. I personally have both a types of grills. Sometimes if I just want to keep it simple the gas grill is just easier. I will say that the flavor from a charcoal grill does make a difference.
How do you tell when the shrimp are cooked?
Shrimp don't take very long to cook, normally 3-4 minutes per side is plenty. Look for the color of the shrimp to turn from an opaque color to a solid white and red.
What size shrimp should you use for this recipe?
This is a recipe that I recommend spending a few extra bucks and get the biggest shrimp you can afford. 10/15 count shrimp are fantastic. I wouldn't buy any shrimp smaller then 21/25 count shrimp for this recipe.
Peel and devein shrimp leaving the tails on. In a bowl combine Avocado oil, balsamic vinegar, italian seasoning, lemon juice and zest, salt and crushed red pepper flakes. Marinate shrimp in the mixture for at least 1 hour, preferably 4-6 hours
Layout your prosciutto slices then cut in half lengthwise then wrap each shrimp with a leaf of basil covering as much of the shrimp as possible. Start just above the tail and wrap on a diagonal until you reach the top of the shrimp.
Heat your grill to about 450 degrees F. Grill shrimp for 3-4 minutes per side. Once the shrimp are fully cooked remove immediately onto a serving plate. Lay a sheet of foil over the top to keep the shrimp warm.