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Saturday, January 2, 2010

Brined Shrimp with Jalapeño and Garlic - Pink Saturday



From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...
I like to serve these shrimp as a prelude to a simple steak or roast dinner. It's not my favorite appetizer, but the jalapeño adds zip and the shrimp adds texture to what could otherwise be a boring meal. The dish also has remarkable pink color. I found the recipe, developed by Melissa Jacobson, at Food and Wine where it received rave reviews. The recipe is simple and straight forward and my only caveat is not to marinate the shrimp for more than two hours. While the shrimp have a nice sweet and spicy flavor, they become too vinegary, for my taste anyway, if allowed to chill for longer than that. This first course can be assembled in 30 minutes, but it does need a full 2 hours to marinate and chill. Here's the recipe for a quick and easy starter.

Brined Shrimp with Jalapeño and Garlic...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite

Ingredients:
1 pound shelled and deveined large shrimp
1 small red onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 jalapeño, thinly sliced crosswise
1 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons sugar
3 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
1 bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns
1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Directions:
1) In a large pot of boiling salted water, simmer the shrimp until just white throughout, about 2 minutes. Drain and transfer to an 8-by-11-inch glass or ceramic dish. Scatter onion and jalapeño over shrimp.
2) In a small saucepan, combine vinegar, water, sugar, garlic, bay leaf, peppercorns and mustard seeds and bring to a simmer; stir until sugar is dissolved. Pour pickling liquid over shrimp and let cool. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to 6 hours. I think 2 hours is plenty.
3) Using a slotted spoon, transfer the shrimp with onion and jalapeño to a medium bowl. Toss with olive oil and salt. Transfer equal portions to 4 individual lettuce lined salad plates. Serve cold. Yield: 4 servings.

This post is being linked to:
Pink Saturday, sponsored by Beverly at How Sweet the Sound

27 comments:

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

This looks incredible!!!
Happy New Year!

Leigh
Tales from Bloggeritaville
www.lbratina.blogspot.com

Jeanette said...

That looks so good. Happy New Year.

Sonia said...

Going to have to try this recipe too!! Happy New Year!

ButterYum said...

Oh Goody - another shrimp recipe. I just made your Spiced and Picked Shrimp recipe this afternoon. Had to force myself to stop devouring them after they were finished steaming. They're in the fridge chilling now... can't wait to eat them tomorrow.

:)
ButterYum

Martha said...

A perfect Pink Saturday post!

CC said...

I will say it again..oh yummmmm. My son and his family are such shrimp lovers, I'm passing the recipes along to them also. Thank you Mary, as always,this looks delicious.
Happy Pink Saturday..hope your weekend is a great one..

Kathleen said...

This sounds wonderful! Great idea for Pink Saturdays!

Really Rainey said...

Mmmmm That looks wonderful! I always get hungry reading the Foodie Friday posts.. but this week my mouth has been watering!
I'm having a little New Years Give away too... stop by and enter if you get a chance...
~Really Rainey~

Debinhawaii said...

Very pretty and pink shrimp!

lakegirl said...

This picture is amazing! The colors are so vibrant. Shrimp looks great, too!

Katy ~ said...

Beautifully photographed! And it sounds very good.

My Carolina Kitchen said...

What a great recipe for shrimp and Pink Saturday.
Sam

Ivy Lane said...

Happy New Year Mary!! Looks deelish!!! We had boring, plain shrimp cocktail New Year's eve..your recipe would have been raved about I am sure!

Have a WONDERFUL Day!

storyteller said...

What a mouth-watering delight ;-)
Happy Pink Saturday! I shared Pretty PINK Flowers from Sunny Southern California this morning to brighten your day. Enjoy ;-)
Happy New Year!
Hugs and blessings,

Lea Ann said...

I'm a big fan of Food and Wine recipes and these shrimp look really good.

My Little Space said...

What a delicious dish! Just the perfect flavour for the perfect day. yummm... Happy New Year, Mary!

maryt/theteach said...

Thanks for the New Year's wish, Mary! Same to you for 2010! :)

Jacalyn @ rmebathproducts.com said...

Well I am not even a shrimp lover but it looks amazing! Happy New Year!

Hugs,
Jacalyn

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

Delish - Charles just loves shrimp with steak dinner.

She'sSewPretty said...

Oh! That looks heavenly and I just happen to have shrimp in the freezer! That's a great way to start the new year healthy. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

kellypea said...

What a great recipe. We're shrimp lovers so I know we'd enjoy this. The colors in that shot are amazing!

pigpigscorner said...

Love shrimps and I like the jalapeno with it! spicy goodness...Happy 2010!

A Year on the Grill said...

Well Mary, you know this is another keeper

Velva said...

What a perfect start to a simple but delicious dinner.
I have bookmarked this recipe. Thanks!

Light and Voices said...

Happy New Year from our house to your house. Recipe looks incredible.
Joyce, IL, USA

Claudia said...

Always brine my shrimp - this is a beautiful dinner. Happy 2010!

Beverly said...

Mary, these sound and look delicious. I will definitely be trying them because w love shrimp in our home.

Happy Pink Saturday and Happy New Year.

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