Posts Tagged ‘shrimp

08
Dec
08

Bourbon Barbecued Shrimp, Cheese Grits and Collard Greens

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16
Nov
08

Tapas: Garlicky Shrimp with Olive Oil (Gambas al Ajillo)

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Garlicky Shrimp with Olive Oil (Gambas al Ajillo)

This recipe comes from La Casa del Abuelo, a nearly century-old taberna in Madrid, via Food and Wine.  Gambas al Ajillo is a classic tapas dish, and very quick and easy.  This took me all of 15 minutes to make, including food prep.  I reduced the quantities used in the recipe by about 2/3, but otherwise followed the directions exactly.  I served this with Herb and Antipasti Salad with Lemon-Garlic Vinaigrette and lots of crusty bread to soak up the garlic oil.

Most wine pairings I checked out for Gambas al Ajillo suggested white or sparkling wine, but oh the horror, I felt like drinking red.  At least it was from the right country.  I opened a Jumilla, 1999 Mature Reserva Monastrell-Tempranillo 1999, from Bodegas San Dionisio in the Castilla-La Mancha region of Spain (yes, the home of Don Quijote).  And this probably was a quixotic choice to go with shrimp.  The best way to describe this wine was very ripe and plummy.  It really might be a better match for meats, but I enjoyed it anyway.  Just don’t call me Sancho Panza.

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15
Nov
08

Addendum: Peanut-Coconut Sauce for Nyonya Shrimp

Tried something new with the leftovers.  Heated up some peanut butter with light coconut milk and mixed it together, poured this on the nyonya shrimp and reheated it.  Squeezed a lime on top… would have also been good with some crushed peanuts.  Good stuff!  Very rich and filling.  And as my friend Alayne would say, “probably not diet food.”  There went the workout.

14
Nov
08

Nyonya Grilled Shrimp with Coconut Sauce

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Nyonya Grilled Shrimp with Coconut Sauce

This Food and Wine recipe uses a lot of spices I use very infrequently, such as turmeric, coriander, cloves and curry.  I wasn’t sure how it would come out and didn’t want any of those spices to overwhelm the flavor.

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When it was ready, I was really happy with how the flavors came together.  Although the sauce is called coconut sauce, the garlic, jalapenos and lime came out the most noticeably with the coconut as a faint mellowing influence.  It tasted great, though.

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The shrimp marinade left them with just a touch of curry flavor.  I would recommend this recipe and think it would be spectacular with some margaritas!

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