Thursday, July 31, 2008

Is Seafood On The Menu?

One of the easiest and most delicious seafood recipes that I know how to prepare is a really light Shrimp Scampi. I got the recipe a couple years ago when I was looking for a recipe to fry trout, imagine that. The Internet can take you so many places!

But it is a a simple recipe that requires little preparation, limited cooking time and just a few ingredients but the result is fantastic with a glass of red wine and some pesto linguine.

You will need:

1-2 lbs of cooked shrimp
2 garlic cloves, diced
1/2 tsp. Onion Salt
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
3-5 Tbls. Olive Oil

Coat the bottom of your frying pan or wok with olive oil, add more or less depending on the size of the pan you are using. Heat over medium heat and add Shrimp, garlic, onion salt and Italian seasoning and saute until tender. Add the Parmesan cheese and warm. Remove from heat and serve immediately.

A couple things about seafood;

I always prefer to use domestic seafood. It usually goes through a more rigorous safety testing process and it helps to sustain our American way of life, providing for American workers. Call me silly, but that is a big thing to me!

When cooking seafood of any kind, always wash and rinse it thoroughly first. Many diseases can be transmitted through unwashed seafood. Take the time and effort to keep your family healthy, wash ALL food before you cook it (veggies included!).

If you are a huge seafood fan, there are many great places to get ideas and just enjoy the company of other seafood fanatics. This Friday and Saturday 5 chefs will compete in the 5th annual, Great American Seafood Cook off, showcasing domestic seafood and showing off their talents in the Louisiana area where seafood is a staple and is always the freshest. The best seafood to be had has got to be in Louisiana! If you are a seafood fan, this is a must see!

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