Baked Shrimp Scampi
I have been reading several rave reviews online
about Ina Garten's Baked Shrimp Scampi
and decided to try the recipe.
Surprisingly for me,
the only changes I made to the recipe were
to halve it since I was making this for
just my daughter and myself
and to use dried parsley as the fresh parsley
has been killed by the cold temperatures.
Just remember to use 1/3 less of the herb if you are
using dried when the recipe calls for fresh herbs.
1 pound large shrimp (16-18 shrimp per pound, from Fabian Seafood.)
1-1/2 tablespoons good olive oil*
1 tablespoon dry white wine
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
6 teaspoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 cloves garlic, grated
1/8 cup onion (or shallots), grated
1/2 teaspoon fresh rosemary, minced
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 large egg yolk
1/3 cup Panko bread crumbs
lemon wedges for serving
*Ina Garten will hunt you down if you dare to use anything less than good olive oil. Don't make her angry. She has money and can afford the good lawyers.
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
over the shrimp.
**My note: this takes patience as shrimp, especially dead shrimp don't take direction well. Just be patient and do your best.
We thought that this dish had potential, but that it wasn't great. For one thing, the panko coating was simply too heavy, so the next time I will cut that back. Also, the lemon was a bit over powering. I am thoroughly convinced that Ina Garten suffered from scurvy in a past life and she is trying to make up for it now.
We had a bit left over and my dear husband got to eat the left overs when he got home late last night. He remarked that he thought that Parmesan cheese would be a good addition to this recipe.
So, here is my road map for the next time I make this recipe:
Reduce the amount of Panko to 1/4 cup
Replace the egg yolk with 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
Reduce the lemon juice to 2 teaspoons
I will report on how the revisions to the recipe work.
Meanwhile, Minx looks on from his new box.