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Sizzling Garlic Shrimp with Spanish Rice

Indulge in a sensory symphony with Sizzling Garlic Shrimp and Spanish Rice. Succulent shrimp marinated in smoked paprika and garlic dance in a pan, releasing an aromatic melody. As the brandy-infused sizzle crescendos, a rich seafood stock harmonizes, coating each shrimp in a flavorful crescendo. Paired with vibrant Spanish Rice, the melody continues with sautéed onions, bell peppers, and a medley of spices. The rice, infused with tomatoes and aromatic spices, completes the ensemble. A symphony of textures unfolds – the crisp bite of shrimp complemented by the fluffy, spice-infused rice, delivering a culinary crescendo that captivates the palate.



Ingredients:

For the Sizzling Garlic Shrimp:

  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined

  • 4 tablespoons olive oil

  • 6 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika

  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (adjust to taste)

  • Salt and black pepper to taste

  • 2 tablespoons brandy

  • 1/4 cup lobster or seafood stock

  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)

  • Lemon wedges for serving


For the Spanish Rice:

  • 1 cup long-grain white rice

  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 onion, finely chopped

  • 1 bell pepper (any color), diced

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric

  • Salt and black pepper to taste

  • 1/2 cup crushed tomatoes


Instructions:

Sizzling Garlic Shrimp

1. Marinate the Shrimp:

- In a bowl, toss the shrimp with minced garlic, smoked paprika, red pepper flakes, salt, and black pepper. Let it marinate for at least 15-20 minutes.

2. Cook the Shrimp:

- Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.

- Add the marinated shrimp to the skillet, cooking for about 2 minutes on each side until they turn pink and opaque.

3. Create the Garlic Infusion:

- Reduce heat to medium. Add minced garlic to the skillet and sauté for 1-2 minutes until fragrant.

- Pour in the brandy, allowing it to sizzle and reduce for about a minute.

4. Bring It Together:

- Add lobster or seafood stock to the skillet, stirring to combine.

- Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes until the sauce thickens.

- Sprinkle with fresh parsley for garnish.

5. Serve:

- Plate the sizzling garlic shrimp and serve with lemon wedges on the side.


Spanish Rice

1. Prepare the Rice:

- Rinse the rice under cold water until the water runs clear.

- In a saucepan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add chopped onions, bell pepper, and garlic. Sauté until the vegetables are softened.

2. Spice It Up:

- Stir in smoked paprika, ground cumin, turmeric, salt, and black pepper. Cook for an additional 1-2 minutes to enhance the flavors.

3. Add the Rice:

- Add the rinsed rice to the pan, stirring to coat it with the spices.

4. Simmer:

- Pour in the crushed tomatoes and chicken or vegetable broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until the rice is cooked and the liquid is absorbed.

5. Fluff and Serve:

- Once the rice is cooked, fluff it with a fork. Serve alongside the sizzling garlic shrimp.

Enjoy your sizzling garlic shrimp and Spanish rice, capturing the flavors inspired by the vibrant culinary scene of Washington, DC!

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