Saturday, December 11, 2010

Shrimp with Garlic-Basil Butter

I love garlic.  I love basil.  I love butter.  If you feel the same way (and if you don't, you might want to have your taste buds checked), you'll love this dish.  Unless of course you don't like shrimp, in which case I would recommend trying it with pasta and/or vegetables (I dipped my steamed broccoli in the leftover sauce on my plate and it was very tasty).
Yield: 4 servings

3/4 lb. large raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
sea salt and black pepper
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon dried hot red pepper flakes
1/3 cup dry white wine
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons chopped sun-dried tomatoes, packed in oil
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1/2 cup shredded fresh basil (parsley tastes good too)

1.      Season shrimp with salt and pepper.  Heat oil in a large, nonstick skillet over moderately high heat and sauté shrimp until just cooked through (only 1-2 minutes per side).  Remove shrimp with a slotted spoon (leave the oil behind).
2.      Add garlic and red pepper flakes to oil in the skillet; cook for only 15 seconds.  Add wine, lemon juice and sundried tomatoes.  Boil until liquid is reduced by two thirds.
3.      Reduce heat to low; swirl in butter.  When butter is almost completely melted, add basil and season with salt and pepper.  Add shrimp.
4.      Serve shrimp with sauce.

Serving Suggestions:
--   Spoon shrimp and sauce over ½ lb. capellini (cooked al dente).  If needed, add some pasta cooking liquid to thin the sauce.  Add chopped, steamed broccoli (or other vegetables) and toss.

adapted from Henry’s End Restaurant, Brooklyn, NY
extreme closeup


"The Teacher / Mommy" said...

Beautiful picture! I can tell just from the picture and the ingredients that this is going to be delicious.

"The Teacher / Mommy" said...

Update: Adam took one look at this and requested it for dinner. We had it tonight and it was fantastic! Really fantastic recipe, Susan. Thanks for posting it.

Susan said...

Wow, so fast...that must be some type of food blog record! Thanks for letting me know, I'm so glad you liked it!

Anonymous said...

We loved the shrimp. Pictures are such a help in choosing what you want to cook and the shrimp picture was gorgeous. I'm telling others about your blog.

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