So about a week or two ago Joe and I went on a date night to McCormick and Schmick’s. It was probably one of the best, if not THE best night out, we have had in a long time. From the food to the cocktails to the company, it was top notch for sure. The cocktails were so delicious we found ourselves in the grocery store at 11 p.m. buying grapes, citrus fruits and mixers so we could keep the party going when we got home.
First things first we pumped up the music on the Bose and got crackin’ in the kitchen making awesome cocktails while we danced to 70’s and 80’s music (Yep, we ARE just that hip!) and well, that’s all we managed to accomplish, tee hee….at 2:30 a.m. we crawled upstairs laughing and giggling like two school children sneaking notes under the desk…all the while raving about the great time we had that night…
We woke up the next day still on a high from the night before, it was just what the doctor ordered (actually he might have ordered a few less cocktails).
We kept talking about the food and drinks all day on Sunday, evaluating the ingredients and techniques the chef probably used (
the food critics that we are) and how we could replicate them. We had an appetizer that left us wanting more…Bacon Wrapped Shrimp stuffed with drippy Pepper Jack Cheese. If there is a heaven I would imagine these would be served there.
Since then I have mastered the Grape Refresher cocktail we had and even whipped up a few for my oldest daughter a few days later (kind of a bribe so she would bring my Grand
Goddess Daughter over, LOL).
She took the picture below and titled it #shitsgoingdownatmommomshouse and then proceeded to post it on facebook 🙂 If you know me then you know, its ALWAYS going down at Mom Mom’s…especially in the kitchen
Tonight I had enough of just dreaming about the shrimp and made my own version. Honestly, mine turned out even better! Instead of deep frying like the restaurant version, I fried mine in bacon grease (using organic bacon of course). Although not healthy by any stretch), my theory is enjoy life when you can even if it’s a weeknight and you have work the next day. I skipped a formal dinner and ate 6 of these puppies.
Perhaps this weekend you can have another couple, or just a few friends, over and enjoy cocktails and appetizers of the God’s. You won’t be sorry!
Just remember “Treat your family like friends and your friends like family”.
GRAPE REFRESHER COCKTAIL
10 grapes (use organic ONLY!!!), 3 mint leaves (fresh basil is nice too) muddled (nice way of saying smashed up!) in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Squeeze 1 1/2 oranges and a 1/2 of a lemon into the cocktail shaker, add 3 ice cubes and the magic bullet…a shot of gin. Shake hard until someone writes that shits going down at your house on facebook then strain into a martini glass, top off with a tad bit of sprite or simple syrup and garnish with a mint leaf. Voila! Remember to repeat…
Next up on deck…these beauties…
BACON WRAPPED SHRIMP STUFFED WITH PEPPER JACK CHEESE
8-12 Jumbo or Colossal Shrimp
4-6 pieces of thinly sliced bacon
8-12 slices of pepper jack cheese 1/16-1/8 inch thick
Peel the shrimp but leave about 1/4 inch of shell and tail on, dry thoroughly. Place 1 piece of cheese on the side of each shrimp. Starting at the top wrap the bacon around each piece of shrimp/cheese and tuck the end of the bacon under itself to somewhat seal. This helps it not unravel when you are frying it.
I started off by cooking some bacon in the cast iron skillet and keeping it for use at another time. This rendered enough fat in the pan to kind of deep fry the wrapped shrimp. You could probably use oil if you didn’t want to fry bacon first but honestly it was worth it in taste AND calories!
I fried the bacon wrapped shrimp for 3-4 minutes on each side and in the end tipped them on their back for a minute or two to brown that as well. The cheese will start to ooze into the fat in the pan but will provide a divine fried tidbit that sticks to the end result (scrap it out of the pan and plop on top if you have to). This adds to the over all flavor. Drain on a paper towel and serve immediately. Awesomeness is ALWAYS bacon wrapped.
You can thank me later…