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Garlicky Shrimp with Lemon Butter Sauce

Total Time: 20 minutes active, 1 hour inactive

Servings: 4

This garlicky shrimp with lemon butter recipe is excellent served over cooked pasta or along side of steamed rice to soak up the sauce. The shrimp can be easily replaced, the sauce can be served over chicken, fish, or steamed vegetables. Please, do NOT skip the marinade step—the quick marinade will penetrate the shrimp with lots of garlicky flavor. Most importantly, don’t toss the sauce! Make sure to scrape up all that rich buttery goodness with some warm crusty bread.

Ingredients

Marinade

  • 1 pound large shrimp. Peel, devein, and pat dry

  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil divided

  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped and divided

  • 1/4 teaspoon of crushed pepper flakes

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped

  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

  • 1/4 cup dry white wine

  • 4 tablespoons of cold unsalted butter

  • salt to taste

  • freshly chopped parsley for garnish

Preparation

  1. In a large bowl, combine half of the chopped garlic, 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil, and salt and mix. Add shrimp. Let marinate for at least 1 hour.

  2. Heat remaining olive oil over medium heat and sauté the shrimp. When the shrimp becomes pink and forms a nice crust, remove the little crustaceans with a slotted spoon and transfer to a plate. Leave as much oil in the pan as you can.

  3. Cover the shrimp with a pot lid, slightly ajar, to keep them warm.

  4. Add the remaining garlic and pepper flakes. Sauté just a minute, to soften garlic slightly.

  5. Deglaze the pan with the white wine.

  6. Add the thyme, parsley and lemon juice and raise heat to medium high to bring to a boil.

  7. Turn off heat, add cold butter 1 tablespoon at a time, while whisking to emulsify the sauce. Whisk constantly until thickened; it will take a few minutes to incorporate all the butter (If butter is too cold, turn the heat on medium for a minute to melt the butter while whisking).

  8. Taste the sauce to see if more salt is needed.

  9. Turn the heat back on to medium-low and toss the shrimp back into the sauce just to let them warm back up, about 2 minutes.

  10. Plate, garnish with fresh chopped parsley, and serve immediately.

Tomatillo Gazpacho

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Total Time: 30 minutes

Servings: approximately 4

This tomatillo-based gazpacho is gorgeously green with a tart flavor that complements the sweet shrimp and salty olives. Make this meatless by substituting feta for the shrimp.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 1 English cucumber, halved lengthwise and seeded

  • 1 avocado, halved and pitted

  • 1 pound tomatillos, (see Tip), husks removed, chopped

  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped

  • 1-2 jalapeño peppers, seeded and chopped

  • 1 15-ounce can reduced-sodium chicken broth, or vegetable broth

  • 1 teaspoon sugar

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 12 ounces cooked and peeled shrimp, chopped

  • 1/4 cup green olives, chopped

  • 2 scallions, sliced

Preparation

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a small nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring, until just beginning to brown, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from the heat.

  2. Coarsely chop half the cucumber and half the avocado and place in a food processor. Add tomatillos, bell pepper, jalapeño to taste and the garlic. Process until smooth. Transfer to a large bowl; stir in broth, sugar and salt.

  3. Dice the remaining cucumber and avocado and place in a medium bowl. Add shrimp, olives and scallions. Drizzle with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil; gently toss to combine.

  4. Ladle the gazpacho into bowls and top each portion with about 3/4 cup of the shrimp salad.

Serving Suggestion

Serve with cheese quesadillas or some tortilla chips.

Tips & Notes

Tomatillos are tart, plum-size green fruits that look like small, husk-covered green tomatoes. Find them in the produce section near the tomatoes. Remove outer husks and rinse well before using.

Nutritional Information

327 calories, 18 g. fat, 0 mg. cholesterol, 793 mg. sodium, 18 g. carbohydrate, 7 g. fiber, 26 g. protein, 1 mg. added sugars

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