For the last three weeks, we have been operating under the assumption that my husband had celiac disease (we now know that he doesn't), which meant that I spent a ton of time doing research and hunting down gluten-free recipes. It's not like we had bread at every meal, but we do eat pasta probably once a week and paninis, pizza, & pulled pork sandwiches are regulars in my meal rotation.
All of that was no longer fair game, which made me feel like there was this huge hole in my dinner repertoire. We tried a few gluten-free versions of our favorite products, but it just wasn't the same. I began my search for everyday recipes that just happened to not contain any gluten products. I looked to my normal sources for recipe inspiration & stumbled across this shrimp dish from The Pioneer Woman. I figured I could serve it with a side of rice and it would be a perfect weeknight meal, regardless of my husband's tolerance (or lack there of) to gluten products.
When I eat shrimp, I want to eat it, not be bothered with taking off shells or pulling off tails, so I always get rid of the shells/tails them before I cook my shrimp. For this dish, I bought frozen shrimp that were deveined, shelled, & tail free.
Now, I am not exaggerating when I say that this was the easiest & fastest dinner I have made in months. I just threw everything in the food processor, pulsed a few times, and sprinkled the butter mixture on the shrimp. At the same time I popped the shrimp in the oven, I started some jasmine rice. It took less than 5 minutes of preparation and really only dirtied three dishes (food processor, pot, baking sheet).
I served the shrimp over the rice, with the extra juices poured on top. It was a really, really good dinner. And spicy, too! Which we love.
Spicy Lemon Garlic Shrimp
The Pioneer Woman
2 pounds raw shrimp, deveined
2 sticks cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1 tsp kosher salt
4 cloves garlic, peeled
1/4 C fresh flat leaf parsley
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
1 whole lemon, juiced
Preheat oven to 375°.
Rinse frozen shrimp to separate, then arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet.
In the bowl of a food processor, add cold butter, garlic, lemon juice, salt, parsley, and red pepper. Pulse until combined. Sprinkle cold butter crumbles over the shrimp.
Bake until shrimp is opaque and butter is hot and bubbly, about 20-25 minutes.
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I halved the recipe, of course, but still added 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper, because we like the heat.
When I was making this, I thought that it would be so good (& a fun twist) to use lime juice instead of lemon juice and cilantro instead of parsley. And then add black beans over the rice as well. Same dish, but with a Tex-Mex flavor. Next time!