Pappasito's Mixed Grill
12 green bell pepper wedges
12 red bell pepper wedges
12 red onion wedges
6 pineapple slices
2 T. black pepper
2 T. red pepper
2 T. paprika
2 T. granulated garlic
2 C. Italian dressing
12 jumbo shrimp
6 slices of bacon
12 chicken breast slices
6 12" wooden or metal skewers
1/2 lb. butter, unsalted
1/2 C. white wine
Rinse shrimp in a strainer. Remove 3/4 of the shell, leaving the last section and the tail intact.
With a small sharp paring knife, cut the shrimp along the underneath vein. Be careful not to cut completely through the top of the shrimp (cutting shrimp from the bottom and not all the way through helps when stuffing).
Both veins should now be exposed. Wash them out of the shrimp. Complete procedure for all shrimp and place on a plate in the refrigerator when finished.
Cut bacon in half all at once and set aside.
Cut peppers in half from top to bottom and deseed. Cut twelve 2" x 2" pieces and set aside.
Cut twelve 2" x 2" red onion pieces and set aside.
Slice twelve pieces uncooked beef for fajitas into 1" wide, 4" long strips.
Slice twelve pieces of uncooked chicken breasts for fajitas into 1" wide, 4" long strips.
Cut six 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" cubes of pineapple and set aside.
Combine black pepper, paprika, and red pepper. Stir until well-blended and set aside.
Soften the butter at room temperature and whip with garlic and wine until well-combined. Set in refrigerator.
Wrap one half piece of bacon around shrimp body (not tail). Set on plate and repeat until all shrimp are finished.
With all prepared vegetables and shrimp in front of you, take one 12" skewer and with the sharp end, stab in the following order: one green bell pepper wedge, beef, red onion wedge, chicken, red bell pepper wedge, bacon-wrapped shrimp (through the main part of the body), red bell pepper wedge, chicken, red onion wedge, beef and green bell pepper wedge. Do not shove vegetables, meat and shrimp too close together or they will not cook evenly.
Place the prepared skewers on a plate in the refrigerator while you prepare the grill to a medium low flame (gas grill low flame, lid open). Have a small cup of water ready to sprinkle over the fire if this happens).
Soak the skewers in Italian dressing for 2 to 3 minutes. Place on the grill, sprinkle with seasonings and baste with butter mixture (about 1/2 cup total).
Serve remainder of butter slightly melted with mixed grill.
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