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Give your tried-and-true recipes a Mediterranean makeover by adding new flavor accents.  Balsamic vinegars, spices, herbs, peanuts and nuts all add an extra zing, turning your everyday meals into Mediterranean Magic.  Coat a plain chicken breast with spices, and cook in a little olive oil. Add a few chopped nuts and herbs to brown rice, to make an interesting pilaf. Or let’s say one of your favorite standbys is shrimp. In the recipe below, a few tablespoons of balsamic vinegar add an unexpected layer of rich flavor — and how can you argue with a four-ingredient recipe? The best part is, a jar of herbs or a bottle of special oil or vinegar lasts for week after week of Mediterranean makeovers. Grilled Shrimp with Balsamico *serves 4-6 people* Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 ½ pounds medium shrimp (cleaned, peeled and deveined)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  1. Heat two tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil in large non-stick frying pan over medium heat.
  2. Place shrimp in pan and grill for 8 minutes without turning, shake pan gently every so often. Add salt and freshly ground pepper.
  3. Turn shrimp and grill another 7 minutes, sprinkling with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and adding more salt and pepper if desired.
  4. Remove pan from heat and pour 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar over shrimp; allow it to evaporate.
  5. Whisk remaining olive oil and balsamic vinegar together until creamy. Place shrimp on a warmed serving dish. Pour mixture over shrimp.
  6. Let stand 2 minutes and serve on individual plates, spooning sauce from large serving dish and, if desired, add additional balsamic vinegar.
Recipe by Lucini For more Fresh Friday recipes, visit the Mediterranean Foods Alliance

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