Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Grilled Shrimp with Cranberry Salsa

Grilled Shrimp with Tangy Cranberry Salsa
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Almost time to ring in the new year and welcome 2017!  If you are looking for an easy appetizer that has a pop of flavor and looks kinda fancy, then you will love today's recipe.  This cranberry salsa comes together quick and goes perfectly with the grilled shrimp.  A great addition to your party table!

 It's hard to believe that another year has passed and that we are talking about a new year starting.  How do you like to celebrate?  Do you just prefer to sit in, watch the ball drop at midnight and then head to bed?  Either have a party, go to a party or light up the town?

We have done all four over the years.  In our way back youth we used to get dressed up and go out on the town.  Loved all that celebrating with crowds of people.  The champagne flowing and dancing the night away.  Let's fast forward to when we had kids - the early years I'm pretty sure we just stayed home and went to bed BEFORE the ball dropped!  Those early mornings you know...

When the kids were about 5-6 years old we used to get together with the neighbors, their kids and went to a local ranch.  We would ride on wagons and the kids would get to hold bunnies on their laps.  We did some sledding and then headed home for hot chocolate.

We've also had parties where I would have dinner at my place then we would head next door to the other neighbors for games and watching the ball drop.  Now with grandkids we have done some babysitting and still manage to watch it strike midnight (though since we are in the midwest, we might watch it drop at 11 our time and call it a night!)

Whatever you do, I wish you a very happy new year and hope 2016 was great!

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Grilled Shrimp with Cranberry Salsa

This tangy cranberry salsa goes great with grilled shrimp to make a fantastic easy appetizer!
prep time: 10 MINScook time: 6 MINStotal time: 16 mins


  • 12-15 large uncooked shrimp
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 1/2 cup fresh cranberries
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon lime zest
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced green onions
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 jalapeno pepper seeded and minced (use gloves)
  • 1/8 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt


  1. In a food processor add the cranberries and pulse until they are chopped into small pieces
  2. Place in a bowl and add the remaining salsa ingredients and set aside
  3. For the shrimp - brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper
  4. Heat over medium heat a frying pan
  5. When pan is hot, add shrimp and turn when the side becomes pink and opaque then cook other side
  6. This could take 3-4 minutes on each side depending on thickness of shrimp
  7. Serve warm with the salsa
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This salsa can also be very versatile.  Use it to top cooked chicken or fish and it even would taste great poured over a brick of cream cheese and served with crackers.

Cranberry Salsa with Grilled Shrimp


  1. The last time that we tried to go to a NYE party there was a blizzard and we turned around and went home when we hit black ice, lol Now I watch the ball drop, assuming I an figure out which time zone I am in and when the silly show is on, then I go to bed!! I love cranberry salsa, but never thought to pair it with are a genius. :)

  2. Happy New Year, Deb! I think we've done it all too - but now, I actually prefer to play games with the family, eat all kinds of yummy food, and watch the ball drop out on the East coast and call it a night! :D This recipe would be a welcome addition to our NYE party!!

  3. This all looks DIVINE!!! We're just getting ready to have some friends over....wish I had seen this sooner! Happy New Year!

  4. Sounds like where my life is leading me! I'm happy to stay home and go to bed :) I might treat myself to these though!

  5. Shrimp is one of my all time favorite foods! That cranberry salsa served with this is just what my stomach is wanting! So good!

  6. Happy New Year, Deb! I absolutely love fresh cranberries, and using them in a salsa is genius! This is such a fresh, light appetizer!

  7. I now know how to use up those leftover cranberries that I have!


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