I pretty much enjoy everything that goes along with cooking. Even the tedious tasks that make some people crazy like chopping, stirring risotto, getting the last of the mayonnaise/peanut butter/honey out of the jar. I like all of those things.
I do NOT enjoy peeling and deveining shrimp. Do not, do not, do not.
A couple of years ago my family was on vacation in Cabo and my dad bought a few pounds of shrimp directly off one of the shrimp boats while he was deep sea fishing with my brother. We had a kitchen in our condo and my brother and I had some great ideas for the shrimp. I was tasked with peeling and deveining those suckers. Oh my gosh, I think I worked on them for two hours. I distinctly remember the sun shining when I started and it was black outside when I finished.
Fortunately, I have a fabulous grocery store right next to me that always sells fresh shrimp that are peel and vein free. Luxury.
As long as you don’t have to mess with deveining the shrimp, this appetizer could not be easier. Just marinate raw, fresh shrimp in pesto (store bought or homemade) for a couple of hours. Heat up the grill and toss them on. Serve with toothpicks to adoring fans.