7.Oct.2011 at 7 | Amber
Everyone has those dishes that are the default for days when you forgot to come up with a plan. Shrimp scampi is one of those for me. I always have frozen shrimp on hand and as for the other ingredients, olive oil, garlic, butter, wine…well you can understand why I could make it everyday. I also like it because you don’t have to really follow any recipe or rules and you can add different ingredients if you want. If I had fresh parsley, I would have added it, if I could eat onions, I would have added that too. But I had a red bell pepper and a desire to eat it so there you have it.
Typically you would add angel hair pasta to this right after it is finished cooking but this time, I had a warm loaf of whole grain crusty bread and the garlic buttery sauce is perfect for dipping. So we have shrimp and we have bread therefore we have sandwich. I suggest you try it, couldn’t be simpler.
1 lb. Shrimp, shelled and de-veined
2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
3 Tbsp. Butter
4 Garlic Cloves, minced
1/2 Red Bell Pepper, minced
1/2 Cup White Wine
1 Tbsp. Lemon Juice
Freshly Ground Black Pepper, to taste
Heat the oil and butter in a sauté pan on medium high heat. Add in the garlic and red pepper. Sauté for a minute until the garlic starts to brown but doesn’t actually get brown because before you’re done it will burn.
Add the shrimp. Stir around and then add your white wine. Stir so all the shrimp are coated. Let your sauce boil for a few minutes. If your shrimp were not cooked before you started then you want to turn them over and let them cook a little longer, a minute or so to make sure they are fully cooked. If they were frozen and already cooked then you can let them boil in the sauce for less time.
Remove from heat and add the lemon juice and salt and black pepper.
Shrimp Scampi Sandwich
Whole Grain Artisan Bread
Turn on your broiler. Place your bread face up with slices of Gruyere cheese on top. You can use any mild or salty cheese for this, I happened to have Gruyere which is a great melting cheese so it made for a nice creamy addition to this sandwich. When your cheese is melted remove from broiler.
Dump your shrimp scampi, sauce and all onto your bread. Top with chives if you like. Eat it, dipping bread into the sauce accumulated on your plate as you go. Delicious.