Duck Walk Shrimp

Its a nice day for shrimp, and yes, I have no idea what exactly that means, but it popped into my head none the less. I have shrimp on my mind, which is better than the alternative, having wine on my mind which is probably just as likely. So, let’s open a fresh bottle of Duck Walk white and talk about shrimp, and pasta, and vino.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 pound of medium shrimp drained peeled and deveined
  • 1 ½ cups Duck Walk white wine
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes
  • Sea salt and fresh ground peppercorns
  • 1 package of linguini cooked and drained

Melt the butter and toss in the garlic and get that browning. Deglaze with a little wine and add the shrimp and the rest of the wine. Cook until the shrimp are done, nice and firm, about six minutes or so. Then remove the shrimp for the pan and set aside. Add the oregano, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper to taste and reduce this down to a little thicker sauce. Then add the linguine and get tit well coated with the pan sauce, and then add back the shrimp. Warm every thing and serve it up shaved Parmesan cheese and with some garlic toast…. And wine!

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Shrimp with Patron Silver Glaze

It’s a clean, crisp, and smooth nectar from the agave plant crafted into one of the best things to come from Jalisco Mexico. And it makes a nice glaze for shrimp. And being close to the holidays, it’s a nice way of finishing up the tequila left over from summer and make room for a new bottle on the shelf. So, let’s grab that bottle of Patron Silver, free a lime from the fridge, and make some sweet shrimp.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 cup Patron Silver tequila
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1½ tsp. lime juice
  • Half a dozen or so jumbo shrimp

Clean, peal, and de-vein your shrimp.

Combine the tequila, brown sugar, and lime juice in a sauce pan and simmer until its about the same consistence of maple syrup.

In a hot pan sauté the shrimp for a bout one minute, then brush the glaze on them and let them cook another minute or so. These guys do cook up rather quick.

I like to serve these guys up on a bed of roasted corn relish, or over Cajun spiced rice. But you could just plate them up with a shot of Patron Silver and a lime wedge and enjoy them as an appetizer (especially if you prepare this with a larger number of smaller shrimp).

Tequila- Patron-Silver

Last of The Summer Ale with Shrimp

So, summer is winding down here, and one of the things that goes away with the long daylight hours, is the summer ale from Blue Point brewery. So, before the taps run dry, there is one more shrimp fry to host. Let’s grab the summer ale, and the flaked coconut, pour a finger or two of rum and cook it up!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 24 shrimp
  • 2/3 cup Blue Point Summer Ale
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups flaked coconut
  • 3 cups oil for frying

In medium bowl, combine egg, 1/2 cup flour, beer and baking powder. Place 1/4 cup flour and coconut in two separate bowls.

Hold shrimp by tail, and dredge in flour, shaking off excess flour. Dip in egg/beer batter; allow excess to drip off. Roll shrimp in coconut, and place on a baking sheet lined with wax paper. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, heat oil to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) in a deep-fryer.

Fry shrimp in batches: cook, turning once, for 2 to 3 minutes, or until golden brown. Using tongs, remove shrimp to paper towels to drain. Serve warm with your favorite dipping sauce. And enjoy the last of the summer ale… and look forward to the Oktoberfest lagers.

Coconut Shrimp

Coconut Shrimp

Shrimp Salad for Summer

Here’s a nice appetizer that you can make for the hotter days of summer with all that shrimp we stocked up on at the Stop and Shop sale… right… Well, I enjoy this roast shrimp salad served on endive. It’s a simple presentation for an appetizer that’s a little more complicated.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Roasted Shrimp with Lime

  • 1 pound shrimp, shelled and deveined
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice

Shrimp Salad Dressing

  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped tarragon leaves
  • 2 teaspoons chopped mint leaves
  • 3 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • pinch sea salt

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Toss shrimp with olive oil, salt and pepper then bake in the oven for 4-6 minutes (depending on shrimp size) or until light pink and the edges are slightly curled.

Remove the shrimp from the oven and immediately toss with lime juice, set aside to cool.

Now, let’s make the dressing. In a large bowl, combine the sour cream, mayonnaise, lime zest, lime juice, tarragon, mint, parsley, and sea salt… and blend well.

Chop the roasted shrimp into small pieces then toss with the dressing. Slice the end of each endive and separate the leaves. Fill each leaf with a spoonful of shrimp salad and present on a serving platter.

Simple Creole Shrimp and Rice

Well, the local stop and shop has a big sale on shrimp… so it must be shrimp season somewhere, and lately, I have been hankering for some Creole style shrimp and rice. I find that this dish is very welcoming to changes and adapting to clearing out some of those spices in the cabinet.

Here’s what you’ll need:
• 1 pound of frozen medium shrimp
• 1 medium onion, chopped about 1/2 cup
• 1/2 cup chopped celery
• 1/2 cup chopped green sweet pepper
• 2 cloves garlic, minced
• 2 tablespoons butter
• 1 small can diced tomatoes, undrained
• 1/2 teaspoon paprika
• 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
• 1/8 – 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper depending on your heat tolerance
• Pinch of chili powder
• 2 tablespoons snipped fresh parsley
• 2cups hot cooked rice

Thaw shrimp, if frozen. Peel and devein shrimp, removing tails. Rinse shrimp; pat dry with paper towels. Set aside.

In a large skillet cook onion, celery, sweet pepper, and garlic in butter over medium heat about 5 minutes or until tender. Stir in undrained tomatoes, paprika, salt, and cayenne pepper. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 5 to 8 minutes or until thickened.

Stir shrimp and parsley into tomato mixture. Cook, stirring frequently, for 2 to 4 minutes or until shrimp turn opaque. Season to taste. Serve over rice. Along side of a nice bottle of blue point’s best to cool your pallet

Shrimp Mei-fun

As you may recall me saying, I have this Asian market near my house where I can get all kinds of noodles… seriously.. ALL kinds of noodles… and I have learned how to make one of my favorite take-out dishes at home, Singapore Mei-fun.

  • 3 oz. thin rice noodles (to yield about 2 cups when cooked)
  • 1 pound shrimp
  • 1 rib celery
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 5 tbsp peanut oil
  • 5 scallions, greens cut into 1-inch pieces, whites thinly sliced (keep separate)
  • 1 tbsp minced or finely grated ginger
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce

Bring two quarts lightly salted water to a boil. Remove from heat, add the rice noodles, and let soak until they’re just tender, 5 to 10 minutes. Drain the noodles well and set on a plate lined with paper towels.

Cut the celery into long pieces and then slice lengthwise into thin strips. Use a vegetable peeler to shave the carrot into thin strips. Combine the curry powder, sugar, and 1/2 tsp. salt in a small bowl and set aside. Heat 2 tbsp of the oil in a wok over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add the shrimp and stir-fry about 2 minutes. Transfer the shrimp to the side of the wok, off the heat. Heat the remaining 3 Tbs. oil in the skillet and add the scallion whites and ginger; stir-fry for a few seconds. Add the celery, carrot, scallion greens, and curry mix, and stir-fry for a few more seconds to soften slightly. Add the drained noodles and the shrimp and toss until the noodles have turned an even pale yellow and are hot throughout, about 2 minutes (scrape the bottom of the pan if necessary). Toss with the soy sauce, taste for seasoning, and serve immediately.

Its just like take-out used to make…