Blue Ridge Buffalo Shrimp & Blue Cheese

I have been salivating over Gourmet Magazine’s recipe for Buffalo Shrimp and Blue Cheese since it was published last July. I love buffalo sauce, and unlike my slightly finicky friends, I love chicken wings. It took me a year to finally make this dish, but it was the perfect appetizer after a long day of (fake) rock climbing and touristing. 

Life seemed pretty enchanting as I grilled the shrimp with a glass of rose and a view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Just like High Grant in Notting Hill said, “surreal but nice” — remember that??

As soon as the butter and Frank’s host sauce melted together, everyone couldn’t wait to dig in. This salty snack suited my friends – especially those who are funny about chicken bones.

Blue Ridge Buffalo Shrimp & Blue Cheese from Gourmet Magazine

For blue cheese dip:

  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped scallions
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese (2 ounces)
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon milk
  • ** I added more stalk and pepper

For shrimp:

  • 18 jumbo shrimp (1 1/2 to 2 pounds), peeled, leaving last shell segment and tail fan attached, then deveined
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup hot sauce such as Frank’s RedHot
  • 1/2 bunch celery, cut into 4-inch stick

Make dip:
Stir together ingredients, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

Make shrimp:
Prepare grill for direct-heat cooking over medium-hot charcoal (medium heat for gas). Toss shrimp with oil and 1/2 teaspoon each of salt and pepper. Oil grill rack, then grill shrimp, covered only if using a gas grill, turning once, until just cooked through, 7 to 8 minutes total. Stir together butter and hot sauce in a large bowl. Add shrimp and toss until coated. Serve shrimp with dip and celery. ** MMoM note – I skewered the shrimp and grilled them because we didnt have a grill rack.

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