Saturday, February 18, 2017

Saturday Recipe

This is a recipe I have had for a long time but never yet made it. Now I have run into the same story, fairly tasteless shrimp Ah well, for those of you who live near the coast, you can take advantage of the plentiful shrimp there.

Arugula Salad with White Beans Shrimp, with Basil Vinaigrette

Best substitute greens: Romaine lettuce or any of these greens: Watercress, Dandelion greens,
Mizuna, Baby kale, Baby collards, Belgian endive.

For the dressing
1/2 cup olive oil
1 Tbs red wine vinegar
1 Tbs balsamic vinegar
1 Tbs fresh lemon juice (about 1/2 large lemon)
1 Tbs grainy mustard
½ tsp minced garlic
1/8 cup finely chopped fresh basil (or substitute parsley, thyme, or oregano)
½ tsp sugar
Salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste

For the salad
1 cup (about 6 ounces) cannellini or navy beans, soaked overnight in cold water to cover (or substitute a 15-ounce can of beans)
½ lb medium shrimp (8 to 10 shrimp), peeled and deveined
1 bunch arugula, trimmed, washed, and dried
1 red bell pepper, seeded, halved, and diced small
1/4 cup pitted and roughly chopped Kalamata or other briny black olives
1 small red onion, peeled and diced small
Salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste

1. In a small bowl, combine all the dressing ingredients and whisk to combine well. Set aside.

2. Drain the dried beans and place them in a small saucepan with enough cold salted water to cover by about 3 inches. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to low and simmer until the beans are tender but not mushy, 1-1/2 to 2 hours. Drain, rinse with cold water, and allow to cool to room temperature. (If using canned beans, drain and rinse well.)

3. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, bring 3 cups of salted water to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to low, add the shrimp, and simmer until just tender, about 3 minutes. Check for doneness by cutting one of the shrimp open; it should be opaque throughout. Drain the shrimp, plunge them into ice water to stop the cooking, then drain again.

4. a. To grill shrimp: Prepare shrimp for the grill by rubbing with vegetable oil and threading onto skewers. Grill over a medium-hot fire until the shrimp are opaque throughout. Allow to cool to room temperature.

5. In a large bowl, combine the shrimp and beans with the arugula, bell pepper, olives, onion, and salt and pepper. Stir the dressing well, add just enough to moisten the ingredients toss well, and serve.

Servings: 4

Author Notes
My good friend and teacher, the jolly Bob Kinkead, is the chef/owner of an outstanding restaurant in Washington, D.C., called Kinkead's. His specialty is seafood, and of the many recipes that I've borrowed from him over the years, this is one of the few I'm going to acknowledge. If you have the grilling fire lit for some other purpose, you can grill the shrimp, following the instructions below, instead of poaching it. This basil vinaigrette is really good in potato salad or just drizzled over straight-from-the-garden tomatoes.

Have a great weekend.
 

14 comments:

  1. Hi Jo - loved white beans ... so this is great - especially as warmer days are coming ... cheers Hilary

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    1. It has warmed up here a tad Hilary, but too early to say spring is here. One of the worst snows I remember happened in April

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  2. I always buy frozen shrimp. Last time I bought a shrimp cocktail tray, I had to ask for my money back. The shrimp tasted as though they had been frozen and defrosted and refrozen. Nothing but mush.

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    1. I'm not surprised Denise, I think that's a good idea to buy frozen. Maybe I should try that here. I was so spoiled living in NC

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  3. I'm not sure I've ever had arugala. I need to try it.

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    1. I don't know that I have either JoJo so I need to try it as well.

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  4. I don't care for shrimp, but my kids love it.

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    1. You don't Liz? That does surprise me. You should try them on my version of Jambalaya (yesterday) it will fill them up and they will enjoy it. Assuming they are home of course LOL

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  5. I enjoy white beans. They're creamy.

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  6. I'm saving this post to show my daughter who loves cooking! Thank you Jo!

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  7. I love everything with shrimp in. I like it best though when someone else prepares it for me.

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    1. Tell you what, you bring me the fresh caught shrimp Susan and I will prepare anything you like.

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