Shrimp Scampi is an excellent dish to serve as a romantic dinner for two. It cooks up quickly, leaving plenty of time for the couple to have "we" time with each other. A perfect holiday for this meal, you would think, is Valentine's Day; but many couples are alone together for the winter holidays such as Yule, Christmas, Kwanzaa and New Year's Eve. I did not mention Hanukkah as I believe that this recipe may not fall within the dietary rules of the Hebrew tradition. Then there are the anniversaries or birthdays that need celebrating; with this recipe, any time can be a good excuse to serve it.
So let me introduce you to Shrimp Scampi; the recipe, not the sea creature.
8 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp minced garlic
4 Tbsp fresh, chopped parsley
1 Tbsp grated red bell pepper
4 Tbsp white wine
Pinch of salt and ground black pepper
2 lbs medium to large shrimp; peeled and deveined
2 tsp flour
1 tsp lemon juice
1 lb cooked linguine, keep warm
In a large skillet, medium-high heat, melt the butter with the oil; sauté garlic, parsley and bell pepper for 2 minutes; stirring constantly to keep garlic from browning. Add wine, salt, black pepper and shrimp; cook for 3-5 minutes or until shrimp turns pink. Stir in flour to thicken; add in lemon juice and linguine; toss to coat pasta and let cook 2 minutes.
Makes 4 servings.