Friday, March 14, 2014

Baked Scampi

 Our family loves shrimp or scampi.  I used to put the children to bed early and make a feast of scampi just for the two of us.  As they grew older, they figured out what was happening. Today I enjoyed teaching my little grandson how to shell the scampi and detach the tails.  He was inquisitive.
Of course he wanted to know what the tails tasted like. He discovered that he would only try once.
The boys had their feast of baked scampi today and it looks like we are deprived from eating our scampi in a more intimate setting.    

Ingredients:
  • 2 pounds raw shrimp
  • 1 cup butter
  • 3 tablespoons prepared Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 large cloves chopped garlic
  • 4 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
Method:
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees
  2. First remove all shells and tails. It's easiest to do this process while they are semi frozen.
  3. Melt butter in a sauce pan or microwave and combine mustard, lemon juice and garlic.
  4. Remove from heat once butter is melted.
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Arrange shrimp in a shallow baking dish.  
  7. Pour the butter mixture over the shrimp and sprinkle fresh parsley.
  8. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes or until the shrimp are pink. 
Tip:  When working with shrimp, always keep them in cold ice water. Shrimp need to be kept cold.

 
What I really like about this dish, is that you can prepare it ahead of time and there is no last minute cooking.  While the scampi baked, I cooked some quinoa and prepared a salad. 
It's quick, simple and yet delicious.

5 comments:

  1. Marg, I have never had the privilege to watch someone prepare shrimp and so I am reluctant myself to make shrimp dishes,
    but you have given such great instructions. This looks really good, even to someone who is not the biggest fan. I think I would love them this way and will have to try them. Thank you.

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  2. Mmmm, thank you for these instructions. We love shrimp and will definitely be trying this recipe!

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  3. My mouth is watering.....that looks so delicious and I love that you served Quinoa with it! Thanks....

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  4. Looks delicious. We love scampi!

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