Summer Brings Exciting Culinary Toys (June 7 – June 13)

New cooking toys are thrilling to explore and my new summer toy is a cast iron shrimp pan. Shrimp dishes make the summer season special and this shrimp pan can be utilized inside the home or with your outside grill. Try my recipe for stuffed shrimp, which explores the creativity of cooking and the fun of flavor. Kelly’s Stuffed Shrimp: Prepare the cast iron shrimp pan by seasoning it, with oil. Just prior to making the stuffed shrimp, spray the shrimp pan with non-stick spray. In a pot on the stove, for the stuffing, cook the “Holy Trinity” of cuisine by sautéing chopped onion, green pepper, and celery in butter. Fold in fresh toasted bread crumbs. Lightly season with kosher salt and Cayenne pepper. Reserve. (Parmesan cheese will be added to this stuffing later.) Prepare and devein fresh shrimp. Marinate the raw shrimp: 1 lb. of shrimp, ½ stick of butter, the juice of half of a lemon and 1 crushed garlic clove. Reserve. When ready to cook, place the marinated shrimp, with the tails up into the crevasses of the shrimp pan. Stuff each shrimp with the prepared stuffing, adding Parmesan cheese to the stuffing mixture, first. Bake the shrimp at 400⁰F for 10 minutes in the cast iron pan until the shrimp turn pink. Serve hot and the summer smiles abound. © Kelly McBride Loft

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