Lazy, Fancy Shrimp (Base Recipe)
The recipe is about 1/4 the length of the notes that follow. Make it your way.
1/4 white wine
4-6 jumbo shrimp raw and peeled
1/2 cup cream
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!
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.
Ditto a sprig of herb such as tarragon or thyme (remove before serving)
Add any variety of
marinated artichokes etc.
If you have fresh herbs, garnish with chopped basil.
Or green onions.
Switch it up with scallops,
or crab meat.
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.
Or pine nuts.
Add an ounce or so of julienned prosciutto
Or thick smoky bacon
Leave off the black pepper for smoked paprika garnish.
Kick it up with a dash of pepper sauce.
Or serve it on rice, barley or bulgar
What might you do?