Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Shrimp and Crazy Rice

For most people, life seems to move at a breakneck pace. It takes effort to prepare a home-cooked dishes seven days a week.

But a one-pot meal can be your new best friend.

So, the next time you're overworked or feeling puckish, make Shrimp and Crazy Rice.

This recipe is similar to jambalaya, but when Bandwidth was small, he named it "Crazy Rice."
In his childish mind, he thought "wild" rice was synonymous with "wild and crazy." :-)

Serves 4 to 6

18 fresh shrimp
1 package Kielbasa, cut into 1/2-inch chunks
1/2 cup basmati or long-grain (white) rice
1/4 cup wild rice
chicken stock
3 tablespoons butter
3 slices applewood smoked bacon
1/2 Vidalia onion, chopped
3 celery stalks, chopped
1/4 teaspoon minced garlic
3/4 cup chopped fresh tomatoes (and 1/8 to 1/4 cup for garnish)
Tabasco (to taste--optional)
Lemon juice
sea salt and freshly ground pepper (to taste)
Worcestershire Sauce
garnish: flat-leaf parsley or chopped green onions

If your shrimp are frozen, defrost and rinse with lemon water. Set aside.
Find a heavy saucepan and prepare the white rice according to directions,
using chicken stock instead of water. In a separate sauce pan, prepare wild rice
according to directions, substituting chicken stock instead of water.
Fry bacon in a cast iron skillet. Remove cooked bacon and sautée  shrimp until lightly browned.
Don't overcook or they will be tough--I cook shrimp about 3 minutes on each side,
but I am terrified of shellfish poisoning (some foods terrify me quite easily).

Remove shrimp from the pan and set aside (I put mine over the bacon--never miss
an opportunity to add flavor!). Place the kielbasa chunks in the pan and sautée on
both sides. Remove from the pan and set aside. Now add celery and onions;
sautee until they're tender and translucent. Add garlic and sautee
(don't burn it) a minute or two.

Pour in 1/4 cup chicken stock, then add the rice (white and wild) and blend.

Add tomatoes and kielbasa. Blend.

Season the mixture to taste--salt, pepper, Tabasco (optional), Worcestershire
(I used 1 1/2 teaspoons of Bandwidth's homemade sauce).
I always add a few drops of lemon juice, too. If the mixture is too thick, add more
chicken stock (a few tablespoons at a time--if you add too much, just reduce over a low flame).

You can add or subtract any herbs or spices--be creative. If you'd rather not use bacon
or kielbasa, a cut-up Deli chicken makes a delicious (and super fast) substitute.

Crumble bacon and add to the veggie/rice/kielbasa mixture. Arrange sautéed shrimp
on top of rice. Sprinkle chopped fresh tomatoes, bacon, and green onions on top. 
Cover and cook for 5 minutes over a very low flame. Remove cover, garnish, and serve.

Serve with a salad, cornbread, and lemony sweet tea.

**Tip: To clean your cast iron skillet, add a handful of Kosher (or any large-grained) salt to the empty pan and gently
scrub with a wadded up paper towel. You can rinse the pan, but QUICKLY and THOROUGHLY
dry it. Dab a little oil onto another paper towel and run it around your pan, sides and bottom.


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  1. I like that you shared the accompaniments too, and I think they're perfect choices for a fabulous dish.

  2. another thing of beauty...first i never knew their was shellfish poisoning, now i have to worry about shrimp, about the only seafood i love? oy, don't spread scary thoughts like this... meanwhile, back to how pretty this looks~ its a blustery day here, this would smell so good simmering on the stove in the cool air. looks like good ole southern comfort food, now where are my car keys...

  3. That looks and sounds so good - thanks for sharing.

  4. It looks so tasty! I have a feeling my entire family would love this.

  5. What a colorful dish...what isn't there to like with rice and shrimp!

  6. I love how it got it's name. Looks good!

  7. You sure do know how to make a mouth water, just look at that amazing dish.

    Your foodie photography is about the best there is - thanks for sharing Shrimp and Crazy Rice - I will always think of your son and his thought process when I come across this recipe, makes it extra special.

  8. Looks and sounds yummy! We had Tyler Florence's recipe for Shrimp and Grits tonight.

  9. Delish!!! You pictures are incredible :)

  10. Wow that look so good!

    Jocelyn @ http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com

  11. Gosh, this looks SOOO good, ML!! I chuckled when I read Bandy's interpretation of "wild and crazy" rice...too cute.

    I hope to get to make this recipe very soon.
    I'm sure many others have pinned it, but I am going to put it up onto my board as well, just in case there are some who haven't seen it yet.


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