Shrimp Scampi

3 05 2011

My family loves shrimp so I am always on the look out for a great shrimp recipe. Can you believe my 3 year old loves shrimp? She asks for it and gets all giddy when I tell her we are having it for dinner. So when The Pioneer Woman posted her Shrimp Scampi recipe I knew I had to give it a try. Not to mention I haven’t gone wrong with any recipe that she has posted. It was quick and easy to make and full of great flavor. It wasn’t as heavy as other Shrimp Scampi recipes I have tried which was really nice. To make things even quicker buy the frozen tail off peeled and deveined raw shrimp at your local grocery store and things will go even quicker. I always have a bag or two in my freezer for just such recipes.

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I borrowed The Pioneer Woman’s wonderful picture since mine didn’t have any parsley on it because it looked pretty sad at the grocery store. Due to this the pasta lacked in color but made up for it in taste!!

Shrimp Scampi

~ 4 Tablespoons Butter

~ 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

~ ½ whole Medium Onion, Finely Diced

~ 4 cloves Garlic Cloves, Minced

~ 1 pound Large Shrimp, Peeled And Deveined

~ ½ cups White Wine

~ 2 whole Lemons

~ 4 dashes Hot Sauce (I Used Tabasco; More To Taste)

~ Salt And Freshly Ground Black Pepper, To Taste

~ 8 ounces, weight Angel Hair Pasta

~ Chopped Fresh Basil To Taste

~ Chopped Fresh Parsley, To Taste

~ ½ cups Grated Parmesan Cheese

1. Boil water for pasta; have it ready.

2. Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add onions and garlic and cook for two or three minutes, or until onions are translucent. Add shrimp, then stir and cook for a couple of minutes. Squeeze in lemon juice. Add wine, butter, salt and pepper, and hot sauce. Stir and reduce heat to low.

3. Throw angel hair pasta into the boiling water. Cook until just done/al dente. Drain, reserving a cup or two of the pasta water.

4. Remove skillet from heat. Add pasta and toss, adding a splash of pasta water if it needs to be thinned. Taste for seasonings, adding salt and pepper if needed.

5. Top with grated Parmesan and minced parsley and serve immediately.

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Shrimp Scampi





Marinated Grilled Shrimp

30 01 2011

This recipe goes great with chicken, steak, or could stand alone on its own. It has a bit of a kick with the cayenne pepper and you can make it as hot as you want by playing with the amount you put in.

 

Marinated Grilled Shrimp

~ 3 cloves garlic, minced

~ 1/3 cup olive oil

~ 1/4 cup tomato sauce

~ 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar

~ 2 Tbsp chopped fresh basil

~ 1/2 tsp salt

~ 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

~ 2 pounds fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined (or as much needed for your meal)

~ skewers

 

In a large bowl, stir together the garlic, olive oil, tomato sauce, and red wine vinegar. Season with basil, salt, and cayenne pepper. Save a bit of the marinated to baste shrimp with later. Add shrimp to the bowl, and stir until evenly coated. Cover, and refrigerate for 30 minutes to 1 hour, stirring once or twice.

Marinated Shrimp on Skewers

Preheat grill for medium heat. Soak skewers in water for about 10 to 20 minutes so they don’t burn on the grill.  Thread shrimp onto skewers, piercing once near the tail and once near the head. Discard marinade.

Grilled Shrimp

Lightly oil grill grate if necessary. Cook shrimp on preheated grill for 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until opaque.

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Marinated Grilled Shrimp

~ 3 cloves garlic, minced

~ 1/3 cup olive oil

~ 1/4 cup tomato sauce

~ 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar

~ 2 Tbsp chopped fresh basil

~ 1/2 tsp salt

~ 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

~ 2 pounds fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined (or as much needed for your meal)

~ skewers

1. In a large bowl, stir together the garlic, olive oil, tomato sauce, and red wine vinegar. Season with basil, salt, and cayenne pepper. Save a bit of the marinated to baste shrimp with later.  Add shrimp to the bowl, and stir until evenly coated. Cover, and refrigerate for 30 minutes to 1 hour, stirring once or twice.

2. Preheat grill for medium heat. Soak skewers in water for about 10 to 20 minutes so they don’t burn on the grill.  Thread shrimp onto skewers, piercing once near the tail and once near the head. Discard marinade.

3. Lightly oil grill grate if necessary. Cook shrimp on preheated grill for 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until opaque.

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Marinated Grilled Shrimp





Shrimp Tacos

26 01 2011

My husband and I were sitting on the couch one night cruising the TV channels because there was nothing on and we stumbled upon a cooking show on one of the health channels.  We were instantly mesmerized by it because the host was so different than any of the other cooking shows we had seen.  He began making shrimp tacos and we both looked at each other and decided that we wanted to give it a try.  It has now become one of my favorite recipes.  It is so simple and really fast as well.

shrimp tacos

Shrimp Tacos
Ingredients

~1/2 lb peeled, uncooked shrimp, (31/50’s are perfect) cut into smallish pieces (I always keep a bag of frozen uncooked shrimp on hand)
~ 2 limes
~ 1/2 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning
~ corn tortillas
~ shredded cabbage (I use the already shredded stuff in a bag to make things quicker)
~ 1/2 cup sour cream
~ 1 small chipotle from a can, NOT a whole can of them – just one as they’re hot, minced fine

  1. Mix well sour cream, chipotle and juice from 1/2 a lime in small bowl – set aside
  2. Heat pan well then add oil
  3. Add shrimp and stir fry quickly – the shrimp will cook fast
  4. When almost cooked, sprinkle with Old Bay then squeeze juice from half a lime on top
  5. Give ’em a quick mix and you’re done
  6. Heat up tortillas in a pan then assembly.  Spread some chipotle sour cream on a tortilla, add shrimp and cabbage, then squeeze a little more lime juice over the top.

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Shrimp Tacos

Here is the link to the recipe which also includes a video of Sam the Cooking Guy making the shrimp tacos as well.

Sam the Cooking Guy – Shrimp Tacos








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