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Bay and Lemon Shrimp Skewers with Olive Couscous

Bay and Lemon Shrimp Skewers with Olive Couscous


  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)

  • Grated peel and juice of 2 lemons

  • 24 jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined (about 1 1/2 pounds)

  • Salt and pepper

  • 1 bunch bay leaves

  • 2 cups chicken broth

  • One box couscous (10 ounces)

  • 1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives, chopped

  • 1/2 cup pitted green olives, chopped


Pre-heat a grill or broiler. Soak eight 6-8-inch skewers in water. In a shallow dish, whisk together 1/4 cup EVOO and the lemon peel. Season the shrimp with salt and pepper and coat with the dressing. Thread the soaked skewers with alternating shrimp and bay leaves.

Grill or broil the shrimp skewers, turning once, until the shrimp are pink and firm, about five minutes. Drizzle the lemon juice on top.

In a medium saucepan, bring the chicken broth and remaining one tablespoon EVOO to a boil. Stir in the couscous and olives. Cover the pan, turn off the heat and let stand for five minutes; fluff with a fork.

Serve the couscous with six shrimp per person. Discard the bay leaves.