The dish I'm sharing with you today comes from Mark Bittman's weighty tome, "How to Cook Everything" (though I actually referenced it on the HTCE iPhone application), and is another contribution to Make it with ..... Mondays, challenge paprika as well as to the latest Tackling Bittman Recipe Hop.
"The Simplest & Best Shrimp Dish" is Bittman's own title for this dish and, to be honest, it is so good and so deliciously simple that it is hard to imagine a more fitting name for it. If you buy shrimp which have already been peeled and cleaned, then the only work involved is a bit of garlic preparation and parsley chopping - hardly what you would call labour intensive. The actual cooking is even less demanding. I served this dish with some saffron rice, and the shrimps can basically be prepped and cooked in the time it takes to cook the rice, which is what I call perfect timing.
The sauce is gloriously garlicky and redolent with the smoky aroma of the paprika, and was beautiful served over rice, but would be equally good with some pasta or fresh crusty bread to mop up all that wonderful sauce. This dish would also be perfect served with a variety of other dishes as part of a selection of tapas.
Of one thing you can be certain - no matter which way you serve this, you will be asked for it over and over again.
The Simplest & Best Shrimp Dish Recipe
Adapted from Mark Bittman's
Makes 2 generous servings
Click here for a printable copy of this recipe
extra virgin olive oil
2 large garlic cloves, chopped
300g shrimp, peeled and deveined
flaky sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
3/4 teaspoon hot paprika
chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
Pour enough extra virgin olive oil into a large skillet to liberally cover the bottom of the pan. Set the pan over low heat, warm the oil, add the garlic, and cook until it turns golden.
Increase the heat to medium-high and add the shrimp. Sprinkle over some flaky sea salt and freshly ground black pepper; add the cumin, and the paprika. Stir to blend and continue to cook, shaking the pan occasionally and turning the shrimp over a couple of times, until they are pink and the mixture is bubbly - about 5 minutes.
Garnish with the parsley and serve immediately.
Interested in cooking some more with Mark Bittman? I highly recommend any of these Mark Bittman books:
This post is submitted to "Making it with ..... Mondays" # 4, challenge paprika (there's still time to join in - linky will be open until 11.59 am, Monday 7 February) and the Tackling Bittman Recipe Hop Volume 4 (linky will be open until 11.59 pm, Thursday 10 February). I'd love you to get cooking either with some paprika or Bittman, or maybe a combination of both, then come on over and join in the fun.
This post is also linked to "Let's Do Brunch" at My Sweet & Savory and Food on Friday hosted by Carole at Carole's Chatter.