Novel Food ~ Spring Edition ~ Shrimp Saute with Garlic and Lemon

Inspired by Potter’s Field by Patricia Cornwell, the actual recipe for this dish came from Food to Die For by Patricia Cornwell and Marlene Brown.

When I first heard of this event, I remembered that all of the Kay Scarpetta books by Cornwell included Kay retiring to the kitchen and cooking when she needed a respite from her job as a medical examiner. A bit macabre? Perhaps, but I recall as I read the books that the descriptions of the cooking process was so detailed I could almost smell and taste the food.

Shrimp Saute with Garlic and Lemon
from Food to Die For by Patricia Cornwell and Marlene Brown

2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
2 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 pound shrimp, shelled and deveined

Mix together and marinate 1o-30 minutes

2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp. butter
Lift shrimp from marinade and cook until just beginning to turn opaque, and remove from pan. Add to pan:
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 shallots, minced
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
2 Tbsp. minced parsley
Salt & pepper to taste
When hot and bubbly, add shrimp back to pan to finish cooking.
Serve with lemon wedges.

Serving suggestions: Broiled asparagus and crusty hot bread, with a cold Chardonnay alongside.
I subbed fresh chives for the parsley…ours isn’t ready to pick yet, and served the shrimp over capellini tossed with olive oil and parmesan. I knew I’d want to serve them over something that would hold that sauce! It’s some good stuff!

Buon appetito!


5 responses

22 08 2012

That looks so good and I like the accent of the black plate too. If you don’t mind me asking, what is the novel food event(s)? I write a blog called Novel Meals and pair food with my book review. I would be interested in checking out your event 🙂

10 01 2010

I want that big shrimp on the left. and the one on the right. Oh, I think I’ll take that one in the back, too. It just looks so sad and lonely… This looks really, really good and yummy.

19 03 2008

Thank you both for visiting, and for your comments! The black plate is one I picked up for sushi nights, because I love the way colors are accented by teh black background. Thanks again for visiting!

19 03 2008

Buon appetito indeed!
A medical examiner needs to be quite detailed, so I can imagine the descriptions of cooking moments being detailed.
I like the plate in the photo: an interesting shape.
Thanks for participating in our event.

19 03 2008

Oh my goodness — that looks scrumptious! And — I need to read one of those Kay Scarpetta books. Your account of the descriptions of food and cooking make me want to pick one up right away!

Thank you so much for taking part in our Novel Food event. It’s so great to see what everyone comes up with and get the lowdown on new books to read.

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