Saturday, June 16, 2007

Peppercorn Sirloin and Grilled Shrimp Scampi with Twice Baked Potatoes

I made this dinner for Jason and some friends last night as part of an early Father's Day celebration. Most of the marinating is done in advance, and because the meat and shrimp are grilled, you aren't really heating up the kitchen too much or making a lot of work for clean up. I marinated the sirloin in McCormick's Grill Mates Peppercorn and Garlic marinade. You can see the marinade by clicking here. I marinated it overnight, so the sirloin was very flavorful! The steak and shrimp were great with fresh, steamed green beans, and Twice Baked Potatoes. Here are the other recipes...

Grilled Shrimp Scampi
my own recipe...

12 jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon parsley
3 tablespoons garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon salt
Combine all ingredients in medium bowl and add shrimp. Marinate for at least one hour. Place on skewers and grill for 2-3 minutes on each side or until shrimp are pink.

Twice Baked Potatoes
my own recipe...

4 large (or 8 small) baking potatoes
1/4 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup milk
1 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided
4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine oil, salt and pepper in small bowl. Prick potatoes with a fork and rub oil mixture on outsides. Bake for 1 hour. Remove from oven and reduce heat to 350 degrees. Allow potatoes to cool for 10 minutes. Cut an oval shaped slit in tops of each potato. Using a mini scoop or spoon, remove pulp and place in mixing bowl, being careful keep skins intact. Add butter and beat until smooth. Add sour cream and milk. Continue to beat adding additional milk until mixture is creamy. Add 3/4 cup of shredded cheese and beat until cheese is melted and combined. Using 2 spoons or mini scoop, place potato mixture back into potato skins. Top each potato with crumbled bacon and additional cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Serve immediately.

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