Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Baked Shrimp Scampi

If you like shrimp, you will love this shrimp scampi. Usually shrimp scampi is prepared in a large skillet, sautéed with olive oil, garlic, onion, and white wine. This one, however, is baked in a casserole. The flavors of the lemon and garlic come through, and the butter and panko mixture adds a light, crispy topping. It's a perfect marriage of buttery, lemony, and garlicky flavors. Easy to prepare and so tasty, this dish has become one of my favorite Barefoot recipes!

When prepping this recipe, be sure to finely mince the garlic and rosemary, which are mixed in with the butter and panko mixture. You'll want to taste these bold flavors in the mixture without getting a big bite of either. Also, after you've separated your egg, save the white in a properly labeled freezer bag. It lasts up to a year in your freezer, and you can use it later in a pavlova or meringues.

Source: Baked Shrimp Scampi, Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics

2 pounds (12 to 15 per pound) shrimp in the shell
3 tablespoons good olive oil
2 tablespoons dry white wine
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
12 tablespoons (1 ½ sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
4 teaspoons minced garlic (4 cloves)
¼ cup minced shallots
3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley leaves
1 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary leaves
¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 extra-large egg yolk
⅔ cup panko (Japanese dried bread flakes)
Lemon wedges, for serving

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Peel, devein, and butterfly the shrimp, leaving the tails on. Place the shrimp in a mixing bowl and toss gently with the olive oil, wine, 2 teaspoons salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper. Allow to sit at room temperature while you make the butter and garlic mixture.

In a small bowl, mash the softened butter with the garlic, shallots, parsley, rosemary, red pepper flakes, lemon zest, lemon juice, egg yolk, panko, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon of pepper until combined.

Starting from the outer edge of a 14-inch oval gratin dish, arrange the shrimp in a single layer
cut side down with the tails curling up and towards the center of the dish. Pour the remaining marinade over the shrimp. Spread the butter mixture evenly over the shrimp. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until hot and bubbly. If you like the top browned, place under a broiler for 1 minute. Serve with lemon wedges.

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