Thursday, September 13, 2007

Scampi on CousCous

This is a recipe I've made many many times from my favorite food tv chef, Giada Delaurentis of "Everyday Italian". I don't love most of the chefs on the food network, but her food is generally quick, easy, heathful, and delicious. this dish is no exception. The couscous can be a little bit labor intensive, but the flavor is unbelievable. The dish is tangy, light, and complex. Being that I am familiar with the recipe, I purchase ez peel shrimp, and owning a submersion blender to blend the couscous broth, it takes me only about 35 minutes to make the dish. Just do-able after work. The couscous is also a great way to sneak veggies into a finicky child or spouse.

Scampi on Couscous
Recipe courtesy Giada De Laurentiis

1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
1 garlic clove, peeled and smashed, plus 2 garlic cloves minced
2 (8 ounce) cans chopped tomatoes in their juice
1 (8ounce) bottle clam juice
1/4 cup dry white wine
1 cup water
2 cups plain couscous
2 pounds large shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 lemon, juiced
1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
Chopped parsley leaves, for garnish
In a large pot, heat 1/4 cup olive oil. When almost smoking, add onion, carrot and 1 clove smashed garlic and saute until vegetables are soft, about 5 minutes. Add the canned tomatoes and their juice, clam juice and white wine. Bring to a boil and simmer on medium heat for 10 minutes, uncovered. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. Carefully pour tomato mixture in the bowl of a food processor and puree. Add a couple of tablespoons of water if needed - you want to end up with a broth. Check for seasoning.

Return broth to the pot. Add 1 cup of water and 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and add 2 cups couscous. Cover pot and remove from heat. Let rest for 10 minutes, allowing the couscous to absorb all the liquid. Fluff with a fork and season with salt and pepper.

In a large skillet, add the remaining 1/4 cup oil and the 2 cloves of minced garlic. Heat the oil, making sure not to burn the garlic. When the oil is hot, add the shrimp and stirring occasionally, cook the shrimp until they start to turn pink, about 5 minutes. Be careful not to overcook the shrimp or they will become tough. Remove from heat and add the lemon juice, red pepper and chopped parsley. Check for seasoning.

To serve, mound the couscous in the center of a platter and top with the shrimp.


Nate M. said...

Natalie, you are an inspiration.

Aaron said...

That looks like vomit of the canine variety.

Aaron said...

It sounds pretty good but where the heck would I find clam juice and cous cous in my local supermarket?

What is cous cous anyway?

Sounds like it is time to look on wikipedia.

Natalie said...

Clam juice-near the tuna, cheap ($1-ish)and not very exotic so should be widely available (I think it's used in clam chower)

Couscous-little bits of pasta, with the rice. Cooks very quickly (2-3 minutes), so good after dinner side.

BAM said...

The dog puke is right next to the tree in the back yard...oh wait, you are in the midwest, last time you saw a tree was in the Jurassic period.

Aaron said...

No, I saw trees this weekend when I was running the Shoreline Classic 15k in Decatur. We ran through some wooded areas. I could even identify some of them. My town is looking pretty bare because they harvested all the corn. All the foliage is gone.

Nate M. said...

I'm going to start a "What's for dinner" blog with pictures of canned and frozen foods.

Nate M. said...
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Aaron said...

I'll start one called "Guess What We Had For Deenar" that shows pictures of my son's highchair after he's eaten.

Natalie said...

That could be fun. We could try to get what he ate by looking at his high chair.