Happy Monday … Kind Of

by Cate on December 20, 2005

Feeling kinda blah today … think it’s a combination of still being sick, and having WAY too much to do between now and the end of the week.

If you’re a long-time reader, you no doubt know I love watching Ellen, and that decided tonight’s dinner. I wanted something very easy, but that would use up some ingredients I had on hand. Wolfgang Puck was a guest on her show last week, and made Sauteed Shrimp with Chardonnay-Dijon Cream Sauce, and I knew I had my dinner plan for tonight. I’ve actually never made a Wolfgang recipe, and if this is any indication, I’ll be making more! I used Cognac, instead of Chardonnay, but that’s the only change I made. I served it over pasta, and it was very cook to table, perfect for weeknights when you’re pressed for time (uh, like every night, right?). This one is from his Wolfgang Puck Makes It Easy cookbook, which I don’t think I have … yet.

When The Husband came home tonight, knowing that I wasn’t feeling so well, he set to work on getting the table ready, and tidying up in the kitchen after me. He asked me what I wanted to drink with dinner, and I started reaching for the ingredients for a Frozen Strawberry Daquiri, which he wouldn’t let me have. Harumph! Something about taking antibiotics and alcohol … maybe tomorrow. ;)

Short post tonight since I’m off to bed early. You can still vote until midnight tonight for your favorite pup from yesterday’s post, but from a very undocumented review, it looks like Lady might be in the lead. Good luck everyone — I’m sure glad I don’t have to choose!

Until tomorrow…

(Recipe courtesy Wolfgang Puck, “Wolfgang Puck Makes it Easy” Rutledge Hill Press, 2004)
Yield: Serves 4

1 pound medium or extra-large shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails removed
Kosher salt and freshly ground white pepper to taste
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup Chardonnay or dry sherry
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard or whole grain mustard
Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish
Rice or pasta for serving as a main dish

Pat the shrimp dry, put them on a plate, and sprinkle lightly with salt and white pepper to taste. Heat a large, heavy sauté pan over medium-high heat. As soon as the pan feels hot when you hold your hand an inch or two above its surface, add the oil. When the oil is hot enough to swirl easily in the pan, carefully add the shrimp, placing them evenly in the pan. Without disturbing them, cook the shrimp for 2 minutes on one side. With tongs, a fork, or a small spatula, flip the shrimp over and cook them until they are uniformly pink and beginning to curl, about 2 minutes more. Transfer the shrimp from the pan to a platter and cover with aluminum foil to keep them warm.

Raise the heat under the pan to high. Add the wine and, with a wooden spoon, stir and scrape to dissolve the pan deposits. Let the liquid simmer until it has reduced in volume by half, 4 to 7 minutes. Reduce the heat and stir in the cream. Reduce slightly and stir in the mustard. Continue simmering until the sauce is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 5 minutes more. Taste the sauce and adjust the seasoning if necessary.

Add the shrimp and parsley to the sauce and simmer briefly to heat up the shrimp. Serve with rice or pasta, or on its own as a starter.

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me December 20, 2005 at 1:59 pm

Yum sounds good. I’m new to this foodie blogging thing but may have to get my own started soon. How fun!



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