Mommies and daddies need dates. Mommies and daddies also need wine. And when we cannot combine them – which is the ideal – we make it happen in house with all the kids running around!
I started to cook with wine a few years ago and I love sprinkling my shrimp scampi with Chardonnay or Reisling. Thankfully, I was given a full case of Trump wine to sample a few months ago. I cannot tell you how happy I was to see the Fed-Ex hauling a case of free wine to my doorstep!
My motto has been if it’s good enough to drink, it’s good enough to cook with. I urge you: don’t be afraid of dishes that seem fancy. Scampi is quite easy to make.
Here’s the recipe:
I appreciate adding flavor and additional color, so I use one of my favorite pasta’s Al Dente’s Spinach Fettuccine. It really does cook in 3 to 5 minutes. So cook according the brand that you choose and set it to the side.
Begin by heating a saute pan on medium high heat. There’s nothing worse than burnt garlic so watch your flame.
Add 2 Tbs of olive olive and a spat of butter.
Melt together until they begin to foam.
Add the diced medium green pepper and medium onion first until the they are translucent.
Then add the 4 -5 cloves of sliced garlic. Remember at the first sight or smell of browning garlic, remove all the ingredients and place them in a bowl to the side.
Add another tablespoon of olive oil to the pan. Allow it to come back up to a bubble. Add 1 & 1/2 lbs of peeled and deveined shrimp in an even level. AND NOW LEAVE THEM ALONE. Too often people start tossing and stirring the shrimp. The shrimp will cook evenly and you can flip them when they’re pink on one side.
Return the green peppers, onions and garlic to the pan with the shrimp. Allow the flavors to marry for 2-3 minutes. Add a cup of the white wine ( I chose Trump Winery’s Chardonnay) to the pan and allow it to cook for another 3 minutes. Toss with the pasta and serve immediately. Remember to finish your dish with a freshly squeezed lemon juice and you’ll never miss the salt in the dish.
As you can read, it’s not that hard and it tastes delicious. Light, filling and secretly intoxicating (joking!). Your husband will appreciate this over chicken fingers and pasta (again) and even more, you’ll feel like you did something right of an episode on Top Chef! Serve with your favorite vegetable and the remainder of the wine!