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Fresh Tomato Calabrian Chili Shrimp – Recipe!

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Sweet summer tomatoes, a kick of spicy Italian chili paste and a clove or two of garlic and some fresh shrimp create — Fresh Tomato Calabrian Chili Shrimp.  You must make this dish before the season ends.

Fresh tomatoes are best in the summer months and then it’s back to canned, once mid-fall arrives.  Grab some of these ruby sweet fruit and make this quick and easy shrimp dish for a delicious weeknight meal.  The tomatoes cook down in a bit of butter and olive oil with a couple of cloves of minced garlic.  The sweetness comes through as the tomatoes melt into the pan and arrive somewhere between sauce and a chunky salsa consistency.  A big tablespoon of Calabrian chili paste adds spiciness, but when cooked into sweet and slightly acidic tomatoes, it tames the heat.

A pound of uncooked shrimp are added directly to the sauce for a quick poach — and that’s somewhere between 3-5 minutes, depending upon the size of your shrimp.  A couple of tablespoons of freshly sliced basil added at the end, offers fragrance and an herbaceous quality that irresistible.  Simple ingredients cooked properly make the best weeknight meals.  I love this dish with a big piece of toasted rustic bread for dipping — my bread has lardons inside (just in case you’re wondering).

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4 large tomatoes, sliced

2 tablespoons butter

1 teaspoon olive oil

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 tablespoon Calabrian chili paste

1 pound large fresh shrimp or frozen defrosted shrimp

2 tablespoons fresh basil, chiffonade

salt and pepper

(Serves 4)

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To Prepare:

  1. In a large non-stick skillet, add butter and olive oil and place over medium heat.  After butter has melted, swirl in pan.
  2. Add tomatoes and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add garlic and stir.  Cook for 2 minutes.
  3. Add chili paste, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper, stir.  Add shrimp and cook for 3-5 minutes, stir to coat in sauce.
  4. Add basil and stir.  Turn off heat and spoon onto plates.  Serve with toasted rustic bread, if desired.  Enjoy!



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