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Offline ArnieM

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Shrimp Scampi for Two
« on: November 21, 2009, 04:13:16 pm »
I'm smoking beef tomorrow but needed something quick and simple for tonight.  It helps to clean the freezer out.

Shrimp Scampi with flavored Basmati rice and asparagus.

The shrimp:
10 X-Large shrimp (that's all that was left) thawed.
A bunch of fresh finely chopped garlic.
A pinch of dried onion flakes.
A pinch of Italian seasoning.
3 TBS Olive oil.
2 TBS unsalted butter.
A few hot pepper flakes.

Put everything in a cast iron pan and just heat on low to infuse the oil with flavor.  Here's the shrimp pan:


I have to give credit to my sous chef here.  She chopped up the garlic and peeled the shrimp.  She likes garlic  ;D

The rice:
1/3 cup Basmati (only 2 of us)
Garlic and onion in oil, same deal as the shrimp.  Let it infuse.

Add one crumbled Knorr's Chipotle bullion cube - NO added salt.

Turn up the heat on the rice pot.  Add the rice and stir.  I like it kinda toasted. 
Add a little less than 2/3 cup water.  I've found Basmati does better qith less than the traditional 2:1 water:rice mix.
Bring to a boil.  Turn down to low and simmer for 18 minutes.

The rice before the water:


Preheat the broiler.  I've done these both on the stove top and the broiler.  I prefer them broiled.  I dunno - maybe the dry heat.  They'll go on a rack 4-5 inches from the broiler.

Everybody in the pool.  Toss to coat.


Oh yeah.  Get the asparagus into some lightly salted boiling water.  Probably 3-4 minutes.

When the shrimp get orange, pull the pan and turn 'em.  Put 'em back for another couple of minutes.

They come out looking like this.


Finally, plate it up.  A little of the shrimp oil and garlic on the rice.


I love smoking but sometimes just don't have the time or the materials on hand.  Has anyone smoked up some shrimp?

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Re: Shrimp Scampi for Two
« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2009, 04:30:45 pm »
That looks really good. Don't think 5 shrimp would fill me up, good apetizer though.

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Re: Shrimp Scampi for Two
« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2009, 04:42:06 pm »
That looks really good. Don't think 5 shrimp would fill me up, good apetizer though.

I know what you mean jared, but that's all that was left.  Maybe I can sneak a pulled pork sammie later tonight.  ;D ;D
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Offline ronbeaux

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Re: Shrimp Scampi for Two
« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2009, 04:59:37 pm »
Loved it!!
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Re: Shrimp Scampi for Two
« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2009, 05:52:12 pm »
It wasn't much to eat but it was tasty.  I like a plate that looks appetizing but I'm not fancy.

I watch the cooking shows.  Iron Chef, original and the U.S. version, Chopped et al.

They bring out an entree - two sea scallops on a green leaf of something with some julienne carrots on top with a sprinkle of Foo Foo sauce surrounding it.  The comments are: "That's too large a portion".  Hey, where's the beef??!!!

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Offline HawkeyeSmokes

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Re: Shrimp Scampi for Two
« Reply #5 on: November 21, 2009, 06:00:24 pm »
Dang it Arnie, nest time make twice as much, invite me over and it's dinner for three!. I could eat a bunch of that. Looks awesome.
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Re: Shrimp Scampi for Two
« Reply #6 on: November 21, 2009, 07:05:05 pm »
Better make a lot more, so that that the Mrs and I can come over along with HawkI!!!
That looks amazing!
We have friends who RAVE about basmati rice;  guess we will have to try that now.........

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Re: Shrimp Scampi for Two
« Reply #7 on: November 21, 2009, 07:58:23 pm »
Hawkeye, June and Scott - you're all welcome.  If you get to this part of the country, give me an hour's notice and we'll have a party.

The rice.  My wife gets big bags of Basmati, probably from Costco.  It's a flavorful, non-sticky rice, long grain.  Just don't use too much liquid or overcook it.  I also do 'sticky' rice for Sushi or stuffed grape leaves (Yum).

Rice, thousands or maybe even hundreds of varieties are staples on this planet.   ;D  It's worthwhile to learn how to use  them.
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Re: Shrimp Scampi for Two
« Reply #8 on: November 21, 2009, 08:55:54 pm »
I see y'all ain't "shy" with the garlic..
Looks great!
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Re: Shrimp Scampi for Two
« Reply #9 on: November 21, 2009, 09:35:03 pm »
I see y'all ain't "shy" with the garlic..
Looks great!
What you trying to say that you can use too much garlic. Whodda thunkit

Skrimps look awsome Arnie!!
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Re: Shrimp Scampi for Two
« Reply #10 on: November 21, 2009, 09:49:57 pm »
Not at all TP...
Dynamite can be overused, but never garlic.
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Re: Shrimp Scampi for Two
« Reply #11 on: November 22, 2009, 07:38:07 am »
Looks really good, next time throw a splash of white wine in the pan. :)

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Re: Shrimp Scampi for Two
« Reply #12 on: November 22, 2009, 09:08:21 am »
Looks really good, next time throw a splash of white wine in the pan. :)

Actually, there was.  I just forgot to mention it.  Pinot Grigio.

Y'all have an open invite if you're up this way.  We'll cook something up.  I have a guest room.  It might sleep four VERY friendly people.  ;D
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