I used to spend most of Saturday morning and afternoon watching Food Network shows and getting ideas. Unfortunately, the range of hosts on that channel is barely tolerable so I find myself tuning in less and less. Sometimes though, I still like to catch up on repeat episodes of Ellie Krieger's show. I find her personality to be a little dry and boring, but her recipes are very good and she is certainly not as annoying as some of the current "talent" on the network. In a repeat episode, I saw this recipe and immediately set out to make it. The tomatoes are definitely dwindling at the farmers market, but a small basket of organic cherry tomatoes was a pretty good bargain as was a little bundle of basil. I had all the rest except for the wine. I briefly considered subbing chicken stock and lemon juice for the wine, but was happy to purchase an inexpensive bottle couple of days later. I suppose if you don't drink wine (the horror!), you can do the chicken stock/lemon juice sub. Served on top of my favorite harvest grains mix, this was a really simple meal. Unfortunately my coworkers don't like it so much when I have shrimpy leftovers for lunch, but whatever...they sure aren't complaining when I bring those baked goods in!
I hope you all have a good weekend. I'm heading up to San Francisco for the Foodbuzz Festival and I could not be more excited. It's going to be a great weekend of eating and drinking. I'm sure I will have plenty to Twitter about and I promise to take lots of pictures and share stories when I return.
Garlic Basil Shrimp
(Adapted from Ellie Krieger)
Makes 2-3 servings
1 tablespoon olive oil
3/4 pounds large shrimp (20 to 25 per pound), peeled and deveined
2-3 garlic cloves, minced
Pinch dried hot red-pepper flakes, or more to taste
6 tablespoons dry white wine
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil leaves
3/4 cup grape tomatoes, halved
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Heat the oil in a large heavy skillet over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking, then saute shrimp, turning over once, until just cooked through, about 2 minutes. Transfer with a slotted spoon to a large bowl.
Add garlic and red pepper flakes to the oil remaining in skillet and cook until fragrant, 30 seconds. Add wine and cook over high heat, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes. Stir in basil and tomatoes and season the sauce with salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste. Return the shrimp to pan and cook just until heated through.