Tonight was a rare Tuesday night home. I am in school and most of my classes are in the evenings. Class was canceled so I was fortunate to eat dinner at a normal time. For some reason, I was craving shrimp.
I don't recall that I have ever used shrimp in a recipe. At some point in my life, I think I might have used a slow-cooker to make jambalaya, but I can't recall if I actually used the shrimp that was included in the ingredients. In any event, I needed a quick & painless recipe for shrimp. Honestly, I didn't even know how to cook shrimp. In fact, tonight was the first time I had ever purchased fresh shrimp. Sheesh.
I found a fantastic recipe on the Food Network site for oven roasted shrimp. It was paired with Thousand Island dressing, but I opted out of that step. Though, I am sure it is delicious.
Oven Roasted Shrimp
slightly adapted from Food Network
- 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- olive oil
- lemon juice
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Dry shrimp and place in bowl.
- Drizzle olive oil and lemon juice over shrimp.
- Sprinkle salt & pepper over shrimp.
- Toss to coat.
- Lay on a flat baking sheet and roast for 6-8 minutes.
WOAH!! It was so simple, so quick and it turned out so good! My fiancee, the carnivore, ate his up without a single complaint. YUM!!
I would love to share my recipe for the butternut squash fusilli, but it came from a lovely box that was purchased at Target. Don't judge - I can't quit my old habits cold turkey. They are likely to stick around for a while. :)