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JUNE 28, 2009 1:24AM

Is it Tuesday? It's not? Screw it - here's some scampi

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Lately I’ve been rolled into myself, protecting the soft core, like a roly-poly. Sometimes it’s hard to break out of that circle, but I’m trying.

Cooking helps. A lot. And I haven’t in a long while. But tonight? Tonight I did.

If you love your arteries, read no further. Turn around right now. Abandon hope all ye who enter, etcetera.

This was a recipe Mom had and I found last year. But now I have lost the card, covered in oily fingerprints. To the best of my recollection, here is some scampi. I always made mine on the stove, but this one calls for oven baking.

Depending on how much you, and your guests, eat, this should feed 2-4 people.


What you’ll need:

1 pound (or so) of raw shrimp
Olive oil
Sea salt
Pepper (black and white)
Dry white wine
Rice or pasta


Start off by turning on the oven to about 400 degrees. While that is heating up start the water for either rice or pasta. (Tonight I used rice.)

As the oven heats, and the water is gearing up to boil, shell your shrimp. If you are lucky enough to get raw shrimp pre-shelled and deveined, then just hang out for a bit and open up the wine.


After your wee crustaceans are naked and then patted dry, throw them in a bowl.


Throw about a stick of butter, some crushed garlic, and a quick twirl of olive oil onto a pan and toss in the oven so that the butter melts. (Hey, I never said this was healthy!)


While this is melting coat the shrimp with some oil, a bit of wine, and a squeeze of lemon. Oh, yes. And more garlic. Over that, toss in some pepper (both black and white), sea salt, and paprika. Get your hands dirty and mix it up.


The butter should be mostly melted by this time. If it's not, don't worry about it. Take it out of the oven and spread the shrimp in the pan. The water should be boiling about now. Put in your rice or pasta now.


Set the timer for 8 minutes and put the pan in the oven. While you are waiting for the buzzer to ding, have some more wine and either clean the dishes, or leave them for someone else to do.

About the 4 minute mark, pour some more wine into the pan and more lemon.

When your 8 minutes are up, turn off the oven, but don’t take out the shrimp. Drain your rice or pasta, and put onto plates. Now you can take the shrimp out of the oven.

Spoon shrimp over your carb of choice, and then either drown or drizzle with the butter/wine/garlic/oil goodness and voila! Dinner.



Top with some parsley and then share this with friends, or not. I chose not to share, and Argus was displeased.


So be it cat, so be it. Just remember … I am the one with opposable thumbs.

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I have all the ingredients except for the shrimpseses. I'll pick those up tomorrow.

If only it weren't shrimp . . . it looks otherwise quite fabulous! Argus, however, cares not for opposable thumbs - only the shrimp.
Owl - substitute chicken, or faux chicken, if you'd like.

(And what is wrong with wee nekkie crustaceans?)
I'll make it simple.

It looks and tastes delicious...thanx.
oh, and since I'm lactose intolerant I want a big bang for my illness... I like it with marinara and cream... so I can fade off into illness with happiness...
@Anni - Good idea on the chicken! Nothin' against the crustis, or other fruit of the sea, for that matter, except it never sits well in my system!
as long as the cat doesn't get into the wine...
I'm with Owl. Though there may be enough butter and wine and garlic for me to not notice the ocean bugs.

And Argus does look awfully displeased.
Yes! Nom nom n0m....Must make soon!
Is there nothing you can't do??? You are too cool for school.
Jay - so am I. I only do dairy when I'm at home, with a fistful of lactaid at hand. (But it's oh so worth it sometimes.)

Brian - whoops ... too late. They got into the wine and were caterwauling all night.

Owl and Mrs. Michaels - okay, that just means more sea bugs for me! Mmmmmmmmmmmm.

j lynne - hee! Yes, nom nom for sure. Though my insides hated me later, it was worth it.

Sheldon - I can't wash windows/glass. No, seriously. It always winds up looking worse than it did before. Nor can I sew. It's quite sad and pathetic really.