Thursday, January 12, 2012

Shrimp Scampi with a Little Head (of Garlic)

I was searching for the perfect scampi recipe. They all sucked. Only 2 cloves of garlic per 1 lb of shrimp? Really Tyler Florence? Really Giada, and you call yourself Italian! Barefoot Contessa fared better with 4 cloves per pound, but it just wasn't enough. I didn't even bother with Rachel Ray because she's the Food Network's Village Idiot. I want to have shrimp with my garlic. I had a small head. It would have to do. When I think scampi, I think shrimp and garlic. Everything else is just extra.

2 lbs shrimp (pealed, deveined)
1 small head of garlic, minced or pressed
1/2 cup lemon juice
1 tbsp white wine vinegar
2 Tbsp fat of choice (butter or olive oil)
5 sprigs fresh thyme
2 Tbsp fresh oregano, minced
2 Tbsp fresh basil, minced
salt and pepper

in a pan, heat fat. add garlic cook for about a minute or 2. Add herbs, salt pepper, cook for a minute then add shrimp. toss Shrimp in buttery garlicy goodness for about 3 minutes or until shrimp is no longer translucent. then add lemon juice and white wine vinegar. cook for another couple of minutes. With a slotted sppon ( i used a spatula) remove shrimp and reduce lemon juice to about half the volume.

Serve on top of spaghetti squash and/or zucchini linguini. I used both because like variety.