SHRIMP SCAMPI – no small thing

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My family loves seafood and in coming blogs we will explore recipes with tuna, salmon, halibut, etc. but, for this meal I’ve prepared my Shrimp Scampi. It seems in the culinary world that all chefs have a signature dish. I’ve never thought that I had one but my friends and family say my Shrimp Scampi is worthy of the “signature dish” designation. This is simple to prepare, and serves four.

Ingredients:

  • 1lb of peeled deveined Shrimp – 30 cut per pound
  • ½ cup of baby tomatoes sliced in half (more if you like)
  • 1 tbsp. fesh Basil thinly sliced
  • 3 tbsp. Butter
  • 2 tbsp. Olive Oil or Garlic Olive Oil
  • 1 Shallot – minced
  • 2-3 cloves of Garlic – minced
  • 2 tbsp. oil packed Sundried Tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 tsp. prepared Pesto
  • ¼ cup Dry White Wine (Pinot Grigio) or juice of ½ lemon
  • 1 tbsp. Capers (optional)
  • 1 lb. of Linguine, Fettucine or Papadarelle pasta cooked as directed (always like more pasta than I might use.

Defrost shrimp and rinse and allow to drain. Place olive oil and butter in a large sauté pan (about 12”) on medium to medium high heat until butter melts and bubbles slightly. Add shallot and sauté for about 1 minute. Next add the garlic and sauté another minute or until tender but not brown. Now, add the sundried tomatoes, plus a teaspoon of the oil from the jar. Continue by adding the pesto and white wine. Cook for about 2 minutes.

Add the shrimp and capers.  Cook together until shrimp are just pink in color. Now add tomatoes, toss, heating them through, but not breaking them up. Add pasta (approximately 2/3 of what you cooked) and toss together. Add fresh basil at the last. Serve.  A Shay Gourmet Hint; if you like it spicy add a pinch of chili flakes when you sauté the shrimp. I like it spicy; my hubby “shrimps” out.

Foodistory

Scampi is the Italian plural of scampo, Nephrops norvegicus. In English, scampi is used as singular, plural or uncountable. The Italian word may be derived from the Greek kaunn kampe (“bending or winding”). What this has to do with enjoying this delicious entrée, I have no idea other than you don’t have to count the number of shrimp that you are eating or count the calories. Unwind and Enjoy!!

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