16 November 2008

Shrimp Scampi

"After a good dinner one can forgive anybody,
even one's own relations."
- Oscar Wilde, Irish poet, author, playwright, critic (1854-1900)

A good dinner: Angel hair pasta with caramelized onions & Chanterelle mushroom tomato sauce. Shrimp Scampi, fresh bread, fried eggplant, vino.

Began by caramelizing a whole onion for over an hour. Then dropped in the Chanterelles. Saute├ęd for bit longer, then added crushed tomatoes, some tomato paste, fresh rosemary, fresh thyme, fresh basil, sugar, ground sea salt, ground black peppercorns, a bit of the wine. Simmered.

Meanwhile I had shrimp marinating in crushed garlic, finely diced red onion, olive oil, fresh rosemary, fresh thyme, salt, pepper, a pinch of cayenne. Before cooking I added a dollop of real butter, a splash of dry vermouth, and a squeeze of lemon juice along with a bit of the zest.

Sliced the eggplant lengthwise into strips, salted, let sit in colander for an hour, rinsed, dried. Eggwash and breaded and fried in vegetable oil, sprinkled with Asiago. Served with some of the tomato sauce for dipping.

Quick-cooked the shrimp under the broiler.

Topped off with red wine and a loaf of fresh bread I bought at the bakery at the bottom of the hill on Madison (along with olive oil & balsamic vinegar). Stacie had to forgo the wine, for obvious reasons.

KJT - Seattle (2008)


redwithenvy said...

holy god, set a place for me at tomorrow's table. and i'll need a place to take a nap shortly after that's within 20 feet of the table.

KJT said...

You, my dear, have an open invitation to the table... and the couch is within easy crawling distance.