Tonight on the menu was/is Shrimp Paella. Its kind of hard to cook for one person, so i always have left overs ( I'm a vegetarian) and I have yet to give my girls shrimp.This dish is super easy, took me about 45 minutes from preparation to the end product. You can use X-Large Shrimp or Medium size for this dish. You just don't want the real small guys.
What you will need:
1 Deep Sauce Pan (medium size)
1 5 oz. bag of Carolina Saffron Rice
4 Large Pitted Green Olives
1 Marinated Roasted Yellow or Red Pepper (1 meaning one slice of the pepper, not the whole thing)
3 shakes of chili powder
1lb of uncooked cleaned and de-veined Shrimp (tail off)
2 garlic cloves chopped
1/2 onion chopped
1 cup of water
1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil
Let's get cooking!
In the Sauce pan add your oil. Heat to MED..Once it has heated, add in your garlic and onions. Once they start to sizzle a bit, add in your shrimp, peppers and olives. You should cut your peppers in small pieces and the olives you can cut into 4 slices. Do not cover. Once the shrimp is starting to turn pink, add in your Water and your rice. Make sure the heat is still on Medium, stir once to evenly distribute all of the ingredients in your sauce pan. Cover and let cook for 15 minutes. Uncover, to let the water evaporate and allow you to get the sticky paella consistency. Add in your chili powder! A couple of shakes should be enough. This should take about 5-8 more minutes, I usually crank the gas up a little bit. Granted, you wont' have the crispy bottom like authentic Paella is made, but I'm cooking for convenience and deliciousness here.. If you want that crusty bottom, use a cast iron pan and cook the rice with less water..
Wine Recommendation: Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2009 New Zealand