Thursday, May 14, 2009

(Maine!) Shrimp Scampi

Swoon. Tyler Florence.

I bought nearly 10 pounds of Maine shell on shrimp from my local fish market. It took me nearly an hour and a half to shell them. Ick. I ended up with about 5 servings of shrimp so it was worth it. Now what to do with them?

When looking for a certain recipe I will start with either Food Gawker or Food Network. I had all this shrimp and decided shrimp scampi would be on the menu for dinner. I looked on Food Network which listed a few different recipes. I saw one from Tyler Florence and knew I could trust it. He pulled through. My husband and I really enjoyed this dish. The crushed red pepper gives it just a little bit of heat. Served with garlic toast. A very tasty meal.

Shrimp Scampi
Source: Food Network
Yield: 4 servings

1 pound linguini
4 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
1 large shallot, finely diced
5 cloves garlic, sliced
Pinch red pepper flakes, optional
20 large shrimp, about 1 pound, peeled and deveined, tail on
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 lemon, juiced
1/4 cup finely chopped parsley leaves

For the pasta, put a large pot of water on the stove to boil. When it has come to the boil, add a couple of tablespoons of salt and the linguini. Stir to make sure the pasta separates; cover. When the water returns to a boil, cook for about 6 to 8 minutes or until the pasta is not quite done. Drain the pasta reserving 1 cup of water.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet, melt 2 tablespoons butter in 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium-high heat. Saute the shallots, garlic, and red pepper flakes (if using) until the shallots are translucent, about 3 to 4 minutes. Season the shrimp with salt and pepper; add them to the pan and cook until they have turned pink, about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove the shrimp from the pan; set aside and keep warm. Add wine and lemon juice and bring to a boil. Add 2 tablespoons butter and 2 tablespoons oil. When the butter has melted, return the shrimp to the pan along with the parsley and cooked pasta and reserved pasta water. Stir well and season with salt and pepper. Drizzle over a bit more olive oil and serve immediately.

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