Whether you are an avid football fan or a have never seen a game in your life, chances are that you at least know that the Superbowl is coming up. What does this mean? Superbowl parties. And where there are parties, there is food. Appetizers galore will be served up on this day, and if you are still not sure what you are contributing to the spread, I highly recommend this jumbo shrimp appetizer.
This recipe hits all the notes. It’s simple, delicious, and will easily beat the pants off most other options on the table.
Do I sound a little too competitive? I say Not! It’s the one day where everything is a competition, and it’s acceptable, lol.
Okay Okay, we will all eat and love the guac too. But these shrimp are still the best!
My boys devoured a dozen in less than 10 minutes this weekend. It was rainy, and I took the day to catch up on some cooking. Much to their enjoyment by the time dinner rolled around not a single one of us were hungry. We filled up on salmon, shrimp, and BLT’s. It was a perfect day at home relaxing and spending some (non-competitive) time together.
Well, there was that one game of Sorry. No one knows who won though because my five year old decided it was taking too long and moved on to another activity. My husband was going down though. Just saying. Momma was winning ;P
Oddly enough it is typically my husband who is the competitive one.
So, more about this jumbo shrimp appetizer and less about our family game night/day. What I adore most about these juicy bites of deliciousness is that they take so little time and effort. To ice the proverbial cake though they pack a powerful punch of flavor with the fresh basil and crispy prosciutto.
A few tips and tricks for this jumbo shrimp appetizer
I do recommend purchasing your shrimp deveined and peeled. This will save you at least 10 minutes. If those ten minutes are not a big deal to you then go ahead and buy the shrimp shelled. They are cheaper that way. Whatever you buy, make sure before cooking them you devein them. Nothing is grosser than biting into a non-deveined shrimp. Yuck.
Another tip is that when working with shrimp always keep them on ice. Shrimp can go bad very quickly, and you do not want to make anyone sick. You want to be notorious for your delicious recipes not for ending the party. This goes with pretty much any seafood; it’s just a good rule. Keep it on ice.
Once your shrimp are clean, wash some basil leaves and slice your prosciutto in half lengthwise. This cut will make wrapping the shrimp much easier. Also, if you are buying your prosciutto from the deli be sure not to order it too thick. You want thin slices that will wrap and crisp up quickly.
Once all your shrimp are stuffed and wrapped, saute them in olive oil for a few minutes on each side, and voila, you have a fantastic jumbo shrimp appetizer that everyone will believe required considerably more time and effort than it did.
Bask in the compliments and…
….may the odds forever be in your favor with the upcoming game!
Be sure to check out these other great appetizers too: Crab dip, Coconut shrimp, and Baked Brie
|Prep Time||15 minutes|
|Cook Time||6 minutes|
|Passive Time||0 minutes|
- 12 whole jumbo shrimp to save time purchase shelled and deveined shrimp
- 12 whole fresh basil leaves
- 6 thin slices prosciutto
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste optional
- Place shrimp on ice and shell and devein shrimp if needed. Place each shrimp back on ice when you are done with it.
- Place basil leaf on the top of the shrimp and wrap with 1 strip of proscuitto
- Heat olive oil over medium to medium high heat in large pan and saute shrimp for about 3 minutes on each side. Shrimp is done when it is pink. Proscuitto should be browned and slightly crispy.
- Season with salt and pepper if you desire. Proscuitto is salty so be sure to taste it first prior to salting it too much.
- Plate and Serve. Enjoy!
This recipe accounts for 2 shrimp appetizers per person. It is completely scalable to feed however many are in your crowd.
CassieJanuary 16, 2019
This sounds really interesting! A great date night idea for my hubby and I.
MimiJanuary 16, 2019
It looks like a super tasty recipe! I need to try it
Paula @ I'm Busy Being AwesomeJanuary 16, 2019
This recipe sounds delicious! Perfect appetizer
HeatherJanuary 16, 2019
My teenager would go NUTS for these! This is her favorite foods combined into one bite!
Marta RiveraJanuary 16, 2019
Thank you for pointing out that there’s nothing worse than a shrimp that hasn’t been deveined. It’s SO gross!!
Sheila RhodesJanuary 16, 2019
I’m glad you use deveined shrimp! Who wants to eat….well you know. Looks yummy!
Leslie MorrisonJanuary 17, 2019
HAHA! I know, right?!
SaimaJanuary 22, 2019
Beautiful recipe! Wirh so few ingredients and a straightforward method, it’s going to be a treat to make, game day or not!
Cassidy @ Cassidys Craveable CreationsJanuary 24, 2019
This looks delicious, a perfect appetizer!!! Pinning for later!
jenna | the urben lifeJanuary 24, 2019
I have been super into shrimp lately! This looks awesome and perfect for game day. I bet the basil goes beautifully with the prosciutto – YUM 🙂
NoelleJanuary 24, 2019
Nothing better than this!!
Sarah @ The Fit CookieFebruary 12, 2019
This looks delicious! I’ve always loved bacon wrapped shrimp, but haven’t tried it wrapped with prosciutto. Great idea 🙂
Alisa FlemingFebruary 13, 2019
I love the use of basil here! My husband and I used to do appetizer nights, and prosciutto wrapped shrimp was one of our favorites to enjoy. It’s been too long!
celesteMarch 3, 2019
Love shrimp and Bacon can’t wait to try them together! Yum!
AnnFebruary 25, 2020
Mmm… this jumbo shrimp appetizer looks totally scrumptious! I’ve just bookmarked the page. I’m planning to make this for our dinner guests on Friday. Hope I won’t fail miserably.
Thank you so much for sharing this fab idea and all of your precious tips and tricks. Such treasure. I’ll definitely be back for more of your amazing recipes.