Shrimp with Garlic and Chili Pepper

September 20, 2009

Shrimp with Garlic

I’m so glad that I was reading Kahakai Kitchen the other day when Deb mentioned the new weekly cooking event, I Heart Cooking Clubs. Luckily, I found out about it just in time to join the fun!


The Cooking Club is presently featuring the recipes of Nigella Lawson and the first weeks’ challenge is Party Treats. Yay!! My favorite course!

You all know that I LOVE appetizers!  I’ve mentioned more than once or twice how much I prefer hosting Hors D’Oeuvres & Cocktail Parties versus hosting a formal sit-down dinner. Most of the time when we have friends over, we end up standing around the kitchen bar and island talking, eating, having a few cocktails, and we never sit down. (It sounds rude, I know, but no one ever wants to sit, including myself!)

So, for this first week on IHCC, I decided to make Nigella’s Shrimp with Garlic and Chili Pepper.  The original recipe can be found online at Food Network. I thought these would be a perfect little party treat to take to a get-together we had planned for last night; and, yes, they were a hit!

I changed it up a bit, like I always do when I cook!  I have three hungry men in my house, so I started with a pound of shrimp instead of a half of a pound. (I did want to have some left to take to my friends after the guys did their little taste test.) Since I started with twice as much shrimp as the original recipe called for, I used 3 T. of olive oil instead of 2 T. and 3 large garlic cloves instead of two. Also, my local store didn’t have red chili peppers, (which ticked me off) so I used a half of a Serrano instead. And, I wanted some red color so I added 1/2 t. crushed red pepper flakes. The combination of the two turned out great!

Nigella’s recipe called for unshelled shrimp but since I wanted to serve these individually on toasted baguette slices, I shelled the shrimp before I cooked it. I also decided to spread a little goat cheese on the toasted bread before sitting the pretty little shrimps on top.  Everyone loved these little party treats!

Shrimp Closeup #1

Shrimp with Garlic and Chili Pepper
(adapted from Nigella Lawson’s Nigella Bites online at Food Network)

3 T. olive oil
1/2 serrano pepper
3 large garlic cloves, minced
1/2 t. crushed red pepper flakes
1 lb. medium to large shelled shrimp
1/2 c. white wine
Pinch of salt
5 oz. package of soft goat cheese
1 baguette bread, sliced diagonally
1 T. chopped Italian parsley

To begin, lightly brush the baguette bread slices with olive oil and toast at 400 degrees for ten minutes or so. Set aside to cool.

Oil the bread

Pour the olive oil into a wide, heavy-bottomed frying pan. Then add the pepper and garlic and, over moderate to low heat, to infuse rather than to color, fry for 2 minutes, stirring all the time.

Garlic and Pepper

Then turn the heat to high, add the shrimp, and stir-fry them for another 2 minutes or until they turn pink and are just delicately cooked. Pour in the white wine and let it bubble up. Cook for just another minute or so. Season with salt, if necessary.

Stir Fry

Spread some goat cheese on each bread slice.

Spread on toast

Place a nice juicy shrimp on top, sprinkle with some parsley and serve immediately.

Shrimp Closeup

Enjoy! And, don’t forget to check out I Heart Cooking Clubs today for the full roundup of awesome party treats!


17 Comments so far

  1. Posted by Natashya

    September 20, 200911:35 am

    Mmm, hot garlic shrimpies! I love how they are presented on the croutes with the goat cheese, delish! Welcome to the party!
    .-= Natashya´s last blog post … Steak, Chimichurri, Salsa, and a Frog =-.

  2. Posted by girlichef

    September 20, 20094:23 pm

    Oh, these sound awesome! Thank you for bringing them to the party! 😀
    .-= girlichef´s last blog post … Baking with The Ungourmet… =-.

  3. Posted by Glenda

    September 20, 20097:28 pm

    We have plenty of shrimps here in the Philippines! I’m definitely going to try this recipe. =)
    .-= Glenda´s last blog post … The Female Version of A Success Story =-.

  4. Posted by Kim

    September 21, 20096:47 am

    This is a beautiful dish for the first IHCC! I’m glad that you made it in time for the first post:D These shrimp are beautiful and it was a great idea to serve them on top of little toasts. Very Pretty!
    .-= Kim´s last blog post … Corn Chive Pudding for My Girl Paula =-.

  5. Posted by LilSis

    September 21, 20091:15 pm

    Thanks! And, I’m glad I found your party. I LOVE the idea!

  6. Posted by LilSis

    September 21, 20091:16 pm

    girlichef – They really were awesome. My sons liked the flavor so much that I’ve decided next time to leave the shrimp in the sauce and add some pasta!

    I’m glad I found I Heart Cooking Clubs! Great idea!

  7. Posted by LilSis

    September 21, 20091:18 pm

    Thanks, Kim. We appreciate you stopping by our blog and taking the time to comment.

  8. Posted by LilSis

    September 21, 20091:19 pm

    I know you won’t be disappointed in this recipe. It turned out even better than I had expected.

  9. Posted by DebinHawaii

    September 26, 20093:16 am

    Wow–do these look delicious!
    Happy that you are joining us for IHCC. 😉
    .-= DebinHawaii´s last blog post … A Tyler "Twofer"–Veal Saltimbocca Alla Romana & Roasted Fingerling Potatoes with Fresh Herbs and Garlic =-.

  10. Posted by LilSis

    September 26, 20092:02 pm

    Thanks Deb,
    I’m glad I found out about IHCC in time to participate!! :-)

  11. Posted by Shelly

    September 27, 20092:54 pm

    These look wonderful! I’m game for anything that includes crunchy toasted bread, shrimp, and goat cheese. Yum!
    .-= Shelly´s last blog post … Pigs in Blankets =-.

  12. Posted by Jen @ How To: Simplify

    April 21, 201010:24 am

    This shrimp looks so fresh and tasty!
    .-= Jen @ How To: Simplify´s last blog post … Insalata Caprese =-.

  13. Posted by Jenny Flake

    April 21, 201011:00 am

    What a perfect little appetizer! I LOVE shrimp!

  14. Posted by Tracy

    April 21, 201012:10 pm

    What a delicious appetizer! I’m drooling. :-)
    .-= Tracy´s last blog post … Rosemary-Infused Rhubarb Jelly =-.

  15. Posted by Maggy

    April 21, 20107:29 pm

    These look SO delicious! Can’t wait to make them for my next party.
    .-= Maggy´s last blog post … Smoked Salmon Tartare =-.

  16. Posted by anne malone

    July 21, 201211:24 pm

    I am going to try this soon, sounds great

  17. Posted by anne malone

    July 21, 201211:25 pm

    s soonounds yummy, am going to try soon.

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