Monday, April 14, 2014

Shrimp Scampi

51 st Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival May 1-4 is held in the heart of historic downtown Fernandina Beach on beautiful Amelia Island, Florida. It is family friendly with free admission. The Shrimp Festival offers delicious shrimp prepared every way imaginable by 25 food booths, all staffed and run exclusively by local Nassau County non-profit groups as fund-raisers.
There will also be a festival run, annual Pirate invasion, arts and crafts show,boat parade and traditional blessing of the fleet. Many historians claim Ferndanina Beach on Amelia island as the birthplace of the modern shrimp industry. 

Unfortuntely we will miss the event with our departure date this week. So the next best thing is making my Shrimp Scampi recipe. 
recipe serves 4
Cook's notes: Buy peeled and deveined shrimp for easier preparation.
Ingredients
  • 8 oz. angel hair pasta or linguine
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2-1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 shallots, finely diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • Pinch red pepper flakes, optional
  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 tsp. salt free Italian Herb Seasoning and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce 
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine 
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped parsley leaves
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
Directions
  • Cook pasta al dente (about 6-8 minutes) drain, set aside.
  • In a large skillet, melt 3 tablespoons butter in 2-1/2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat.
  • Saute the shallots, garlic, and red pepper flakes until the shallots are translucent, about 3 to 4 minutes. Watch carefully so garlic does not burn.
  • Season the shrimp with the seasoned salt and pepper, Worcestershire sauce and add to the pan. 
  • Pour wine over the shrimp mixture, stir to mix. 
  • Boil vigorously for 2-3 minutes making sure to spread out the shrimp and turn over to cook evenly. Shrimp is done when pink.
  • Remove pan from heat, stir in lemon zest, lemon juice and chopped parsley.
  • Toss cooked pasta with shrimp mixture and grate Parmesan cheese on top. 
  • Serve immediately.
  • This dish pairs well with pinot grigio and a side of roasted asparagus, beets or green beans.
Krisitn Porter is an Iowa girl at iowagirleats.com
Her recipes are easy, healthy and family friendly. She is passionate about cooking, trying new things, running and traveling.
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That Amelia Island is the only U.S. location to have been under 8 flags:French, Spanish, British, Patriots, Green Cross of Florida, Mexican, Confederate and U.S.

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