Firecracker Shrimp

 Hands-down my favorite shrimp dish, especially when served with good crusty bread for sopping up the sauce. You can make this with raw, peeled shrimp, but I really prefer raw, shell-on shrimp because the shells seem to hold the sauce better, making the shrimp more flavorful. 

Spices: 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes, 1/2 Tbs. dried oregano, 1/2 Tbs. paprika, 1/4 tsp. dried thyme

1 Tbs. good olive oil
1 large yellow onion, diced
1 sweet red bell pepper, seeds and membranes removed, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup white wine
½ cup bottled Caesar salad dressing (I love to use Cardini’s)
¼ cup Worcestershire sauce (woozy)
1 bay leaf
½ -1 tsp. chipotle sauce
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 lbs. large raw shrimp
French bread, sliced thick, toasted
Bloom spices in a large, dry non-stick skillet over medium heat for a few seconds, just until fragrant.
Add olive oil to spices in pan, then stir in onion and pepper; cook for 3-4 minutes, until onion is softened and translucent; add garlic and cook just until fragrant, approx. 30 seconds longer.Stir in wine to deglaze pan, bringing up any bits of fond attached to the bottom of the pan; increase heat to medium high; add dressing, woozy, bay leaf, and chipotle sauce; bring to a high simmer; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
Add shrimp and cook 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally, cooking just until shrimp turn from gray to pink in color; remove from heat. Serve at once using the grilled bread to sop up the sauce.
Delicious served over rice or polenta!
Now You’re Cookin’,
Chef Alli


Chef Alli

Chef Alli is a home-grown Kansas girl on a mission to strengthen families through enabling kitchen confidence, educating the family cook, and encouraging better food relationships. She believes with her whole heart that time spent with our loved ones and our overall quality of life is greatly enhanced by nutritious food made at home with simple, wholesome ingredients. She loves being able to connect and share this passion with others through her website, her social media presence, and her coveted speaking engagements.

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