Hello fellow foodie friends! My name is Brittany and much like the lovely ladies of SnaxNTheCity, I love some good eating. I can’t stay away from Pinterest and the only committed relationship I’ve had is with brunch. So when my friends started this delicious blog I knew I wanted to submit this recipe. It’s the ever popular crowd pleaser, *~SHRIMP SCAMPI~* (those are supposed to be jazz hands, I’m obnoxious back off) This recipe is pretty easy, doesn’t call for too much and it’s JB approved 🙂
Come along on the fantastic voyage to yummy-ness…
Pasta (you can use whatever you prefer, but I usually use linguine)
1 to 2 Pounds of shrimp
2 tablespoons of butter
(*** denotes optional ingredients)
•Boil your water. I never measure water for pasta but most boxes give you exact measurements.
•While this is happening (I hate waiting for water to boil) you can peel, rinse and season your shrimp. I only lightly season it because trust me, the lemon and garlic will give this dish flavor out of this world.
•Once your water is boiling, add salt to the water. While this part is not 100% necessary, it’s one way to season your pasta noodles.
•Once you’ve added salt to your liking, add the pasta to the water, cover and leave it completely alone for 8 to 10 minutes.
Okay guys get ready cause once your pasta is cooking things speed up a little bit and can easily fluster you if you’re not being careful.
1.) In a different pan (I suggest a sauté/skillet) add your butter and olive oil. I only use about a cap full of oil. DON’T heat your pan up yet.
2.) Zest your lemon. I find it easiest and less messy to zest it right into the pan. Once you’ve “zested” to your liking, turn your heat on to medium.
3.) Let your butter slowly melt with the lemon zest and be sure to swirl the pan a little to prevent burning.
4.) Once the butter is melted add 2 tablespoons of minced garlic. If you only have cloves of garlic use two to four.
5.) The butter, lemon, and garlic will start to bubble/”boil”. Add your shrimp, spread it out in the pan, cover and let cook for 3 to 5 minutes.
6.) While this is happening, if you haven’t already, juice your lemon. Now while professionals just use their hands, I use this citrus juicer I got from Amazon. This one little tool and my whole life has changed.
7.) The shrimp will produce a small amount of broth in the pan. Once you see this, add the lemon juice. Cover again and reduce to low.
8.) Drain your pasta noodles if you haven’t already done so. I usually reserve about a cup of pasta water to maximize the lemon broth but you don’t have to.
9.) Combine pasta, reserved water and shrimp. Top with parsley flakes if desired (this literally makes the pasta look good, it serves no other purpose).
Stir well and ENJOY.
That’s it! Serve on a heated plate, send a little to JB, and take in the glory of how yummy this dish is.
-If you’re not huge fan of lemon, don’t add the zest or only juice half the lemon.
-You can also prepare this by baking the shrimp first. Just season and bake your shrimp for 10 minutes and then proceed with the recipe. Both ways are yummy.
-If you like a little spice, I add a dash of red pepper flakes to the shrimp when you season the shrimp and wait for it. . .Sriracha. YEP. Just add a few drops of Sriracha to the butter, garlic, lemon and stir well before you add the shrimp.
-This dish pairs well with Riesling or Rosé. I recommend Leelanau Cellars Riesling (yay Michigan products) or Rosatello Rosé (my best friend Simon and his amazing girlfriend got me HOOKED on this wine)
Trax for the Snax
We all know music and cooking go together like Sundays and mimosas. These five tunes might help set the mood, and enhance your cooking experience.
1.) Reasons by Earth, Wind and Fire- If you don’t listen to this while cooking, it won’t taste good. It’s scientific fact.
2.) La Vie En Rose by Louis Armstrong – Cause it’s a classic and it makes you slow down.
3.) As Time Goes By by Frank Sinatra- Another song to slow you down and plus what’s pasta without Ol’ Blue Eyes himself.
4.) Love is A Losing Game by Amy Winehouse- Let her voice melt your heart and the butter.
5.) Silver Springs by Fleetwood Mac- Okay TRUST ME when I say listen to this while you eat. It just makes eating feel better. Make sure you have your wine.