Of all of life’s little pleasures I would have to say that seafood (if it’s done right) is right up there with finding a dollar bill in your pocket that you forgot about, or perhaps catching a wiff of perfume that you remember your 2nd grade teacher wearing; surprising, exciting, transcending all in one. Different scenarios on many levels, but they all send the same chemicals to your brain----sending you to your “happy place”.
Below is a recipe that is one of my wife’s favorites, and since April 27th is her birthday I only feel it appropriate that I honor her in my own little way. It is a combination of my scampi recipe and a “deconstructed” version from The Olive Garden restaurant that she also loves very much.
SHRIMP SCAMPI DONE RIGHT
Ingredients • 1-1 ¼ lb peeled and deveined shrimp (the larger the better) • Olive oil---enough to coat bottom of pan • ¾-1 cup fruity white wine (any drinkable Riesling is GREAT) • BIG “squirt” Wish Bone Italian salad dressing (this stuff really is good in this recipe) • 1 small can sliced pitted black olives---diced small • 3 cloves garlic minced fine or put through a press • 1 loaf French or Italian bread cut on an angle---slices toasted • 1 stick of UNsalted butter • 1 Tb dried oregano or 2 Tb fresh minced • ½ tsp fresh ground black pepper • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese • Chopped flat leaf parsley for garnish
Directions In a large (12” or better—you want plenty of room in the pan) non-stick skillet over med-high heat place the olive oil, butter, pepper, oregano and garlic in the pan.
• Sauté for about 30 seconds (or until you can smell the aroma of the garlic—don’t let the garlic burn!) then add the white wine.
• Reduce the liquid by half and add the Italian dressing.
• Bring back to light boil and add the shrimp. Cook shrimp until just pink on both sides (flip when necessary).
• Toss in diced black olives and incorporate.
• Top the scampi with the cheese and mix thoroughly.
On 4 separate plates arrange 3 slices of the toasted bread and top with a shrimp or two and plenty of the liquid and a sprinkling of the parsley. DIG IN!!!! You will notices moans and groans from the dinner guests-----DO NOT BE ALARMED----THIS IS A GOOD THING!!!