What a land of passions, colors, fire! I think of spain and I think olive skin, dark hair parted down the middle, sangria in our veins, and dancing to the beat of a flamenco drummer. I’ve had this love affair with the country and culture since I first ventured there during my study abroad stint in France. I was seduced by the warmth of the culture, the color of the cities, the earthy sensuality of the people. This year, I had the chance to go back for a fantastic vacation that took me for a grand loop of the country. We ate, saw, danced, loved. The food in spain was a bit light on the vegetables for me, but I did get to have paella in Valencia, it’s birthplace, and gallons of the best sangria I’ve had in my life! Short glasses, tall pitchers of that deep ruby sweetness that cooled our hot spanish days and fueled our wild spanish nights.
So with Spain on my mind as one of my fellow travelers came to visit me at my home, I whipped up a spanish-inspired meal so the we could properly reminisce about our travels and dream about the future that rolls out boundless before us.
I call this Flamenco Shrimps b/c they’re like a nice spicy Spanish kick in the mouth!
- 1/2 lb shrimp
- 1/2 lb chorizo (i used the ground chorizo. I’m sure sausage style would be good too!)
- 1/2 apple
- 1 box mushrooms
- 2 tomatoes
- 1/2 cup oj
- about 1/2 cup chicken broth
- 1/2 TB red pepper flakes
- 1/2 TB paprika
- bunch fresh basil
- 2 cloves garlic sliced
- olive oil
- Prepare the shrimp – Peel shrimp, leaving tails if you wish, and slice down the back, removing the vein. This will give you extra plump delicious shrimp! You will notice I forgot to do this b/c i was too distracted catching up with my friends and cooking. ;-p
- Marinate the shrimp – place the prepared shrimp in a bowl and add 1/2 cup OJ, dashes of paprika. Stir to mix and set aside
- Prepare the veggies –
- Dice the apple, tomatoes in small chunks
- Slice the mushrooms in thick slices – about 4 to 5 slices per mushroom
- chop up the basil
Now you are ready to chow down on this lovely meal. Plate it family style with some extra basil for garnish.
We also made Gwyneth Paltrow’s Tortilla Espanola (top left) which was FANTASTIC even if we failed at getting it of the pan in one piece. Still very yummy! Other sides were bruschetta w/ tomato & basil, sauteed brussell sprouts, and some manchego & gouda cheese to nibble on! What a great meal with great friends.