This is actually two dishes that can be mixed and matched in thousands of, (okay, maybe 6), ways. The Risotto is great alone, with seafood, with short ribs, chicken….almost anything you can imagine, including as a dessert with a few minor ingredient substitutions. The magic of risotto is discussed in its featured post, so for now, let’s get back to the shrimp.
If you follow my blog, you know that I am a use-what-you-have-on-hand cook, and that I cook gluten-free. That means, feel free to experiment with flavors that you love! I have a rule at my house that if something doesn’t work, we order pizza. Done. This is one of those meals that I made to actually clean out the refrigerator. But in the end, like a mixed breed puppy, it was really good.
One more confession – I did not make this meal with the intent of creating a blog recipe. Only after being asked via facebook (yes, I am food poster on fb), that I decided I would do it. Because of that, my pictures will be replaced the next time I make it, and this is my apology that there are not any “in process” photos to explain a step. Lesson learned.
“Can we get back to the recipe?” Yo. [For my Hamilton fans!]
Shrimp Alla Fede with Pea Risotto
A creamy, elegant, Italian risotto with seafood.
Ingredients12 Prawns, shelled and deveined (when you shell shrimp, save the shells! See my post for seafood base and shrimp bisque for their use.) If you use smaller shrimp, just use more shrimp and lessen your sautee time.
4 slices bacon, chopped
olive oil as needed
2-3 Tbsp. citrus vodka (I use gf). (Can substitute with wine, I just like the brightness of the lemon, or chicken stock if you don’t want to use liquor)
2 garlic cloves, chopped cup chicken broth
1/4 c. sliced leeks
1/2 c. chicken broth
1/4 c. heavy cream (never forget the cream!)
1 handful arugula
1/2 lemon, squeezed for its juice
½ tsp. hot sauce or 1/8 tsp. crushed red peppers (can be omitted)
Salt and Cracked Pepper
Add salt and cracked pepper to taste, serve over risotto and enjoy! To complete the meal, serve with roasted carrots.
DirectionsLET’S GET COOKING
Add salt and cracked pepper to taste, serve over risotto and enjoy!
To complete the meal, serve with roasted carrots.