Lazy, Fancy Shrimp (Base Recipe)

The recipe is about 1/4 the length of the notes that follow. Make it your way.

Per person:

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1/4 white wine

4-6 jumbo shrimp raw and peeled

1/2 cup cream

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An ounce or more Parmesan, Romano or Asiago cheese, freshly grated

Freshly ground black pepper

In a small sauce pan, bring the wine to a boil. Add shrimp and turn down heat to a simmer for about 2 minutes. Add cream, and grated cheese. When thickened, serve on unbuttered toast or pasta with some fresh black pepper. Done!

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Notes: I call this a base recipe because, while it is fabulous as is, it can also serve as the base you personalize in hundreds of ways.

Add garlic while the wine comes to a boil.

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Ditto a sprig of herb such as tarragon or thyme (remove before serving)

Add any variety of

sautéed mushrooms

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Or spinach,

green beans,

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sundried tomatoes,

capers,

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marinated artichokes etc.

If you have fresh herbs, garnish with chopped basil.

Or chives.

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Or green onions.

Switch it up with scallops,

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or lobster

or crab meat.

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Make a non-seafood version by making the sauce and stirring in cooked chicken.

Make it vegetarian by making just the sauce and mushrooms.

Add toasted almonds.

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Or pine nuts.

Or cashews.

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Add an ounce or so of julienned prosciutto

or pancetta.

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Or thick smoky bacon

or ham.

Leave off the black pepper for smoked paprika garnish.

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Kick it up with a dash of pepper sauce.

Or horseradish.

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Or serve it on rice, barley or bulgar

What might you do?