Grilled Garlic Shrimp with a Fresh Heirloom Tomato Sauce

INGREDIENTS

For the Marinated Shrimp -
1/2 cup - extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup - red wine vinegar
2 - garlic cloves, minced
36 - large shrimp, peeled and deveined
12 - (6-inch) wooden skewers
For the Tomato Sauce -
3 pounds - assorted large heirloom tomatoes
1 - small sweet onion, minced
1 - garlic clove, minced
½ teaspoon - sea salt
¼ teaspoon - freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon - honey, preferably sourwood honey
Sea Salt
Freshly ground black pepper
¼ cup - fresh basil leaves, cut into thin strips (chiffonade is the formal name for this cut), plus more for garnish

DIRECTIONS

To marinate the shrimp, combine the olive oil, red wine vinegar, and garlic in a large bowl. Stir to combine. Add the shrimp and allow to sit, covered, for 1 hour. Stir occasionally.

Prepare a medium fire in a charcoal or gas grill. Soak the skewers in water for at least 30 minutes to prevent them from burning.

To make the tomato sauce, bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Place one or two tomatoes at a time into the boiling water. Watch them and, as you see the skin split, remove with a slotted spoon and place in a bowl of cool water. At this point, it will be very easy to slip off the skins.

Cut the peeled tomatoes into a small dice. Put the cut tomatoes into a large bowl. Add the onion, garlic, salt, pepper, and honey. Stir gently to combine.

Skewer the shrimp, 3 per skewer. Grill the skewered shrimp for 1 to 2 minutes on each side, until they are pink. Sprinkle lightly with sea salt and a couple of grinds of fresh pepper.

Just before serving, add the basil leaves to the tomato sauce. Taste and add more salt if necessary.

Ladle the tomato sauce onto a serving platter and arrange the skewers on top of the sauce. Garnish with more basil leaves and enjoy!