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BAKED STUFFED SHRIMP

Prep Time: approx. 45 Minutes.
Cook Time: approx. 20 Minutes.
Ready in: approx. 1 Hour 5 Minutes.
Makes 4 servings.

  • 40 unsalted soda crackers, crushed
  • 1 cup fresh bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 pinch ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 16 jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined, with tails

Directions

In a medium bowl, mix crushed crackers, bread crumbs and garlic powder. In a small bowl, blend butter and Worcestershire sauce. Mix blended butter, pepper and Parmesan cheese into the cracker mixture. Stir in white wine, using only enough to hold together the mixture.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

Butterfly the shrimp using a sharp knife, and arrange back side up in a large baking dish. Stuff shrimp with heaping tablespoons of the cracker mixture.

Bake 20 minutes in the preheated oven, until cracker mixture is lightly browned, shrimp are opaque, and the tails have curled.

BACON WRAPPED BARBEQUE SHRIMP

Prep Time: approx. 20 Minutes.
Cook Time: approx. 15 Minutes.
Ready in: approx. 50 Minutes.
Makes 4 servings.

  • 16 large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 8 slices bacon barbeque seasoning, to taste

Directions

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).

Wrap shrimp with 1/2 slice of bacon, securing with a toothpick. Be sure and use the large shrimp--the cooking time for the shrimp and the bacon is similar. If you use medium-sized shrimp, you might want to precook the bacon a little--over cooked shrimp are tough and rubbery--and a real shame.

Line a jelly roll pan with extra heavy duty foil, and place baking rack in pan. Place the shrimp on the rack, and sprinkle heavily with the barbecue seasoning, turn and sprinkle second side. Let the shrimp sit for 15 minutes.

The bacon will turn from creamy white to a little opaque, and the seasonings will soak in.

Cook the bacon for 10 to 15 minutes. The rack keeps the shrimp from sitting in the draining bacon fat. With a little luck, you won't tear the foil -- you can throw that away and only have to scrub the rack.

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BROILED LEMON AND GARLIC TIGER PRAWNS

Prep Time: approx. 10 Minutes.
Cook Time: approx. 5 Minutes. 
Ready in: approx. 15 Minutes. 
Makes 6 servings.

  • 1 1/2 pounds tiger prawns
  • peeled and deveined
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

Preheat oven on broiler setting. With a sharp knife, remove tails from prawns, and butterfly them from the underside. Arrange prawns on broiler pan.

In a small saucepan, melt butter with garlic and lemon juice. Pour 1/4 cup butter mixture in a small bowl, and brush onto prawns. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over shrimp.

Place broiler pan on top rack, and broil prawns for 4 to 5 minutes, or until done. Serve with remaining butter mixture for dipping.

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ANGEL HAIR PASTA WITH SHRIMP AND BASIL

Prep Time: approx. 5 Minutes.
Cook Time: approx. 35 Minutes.
Ready in: approx. 40 Minutes. 
Makes 4 servings.

  • 1/4 cup light olive oil
  • 1 (8 ounce) package angel hair pasta
  • 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
  • 1 pound large shrimp - peeled and deveined
  • 2 (28 ounce) cans Italian-style diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to a large pot of lightly salted water, and bring to a boil. Add pasta, and cook until al dente; drain. To keep pasta from sticking together, rinse it quickly with cold water.

Heat remaining olive oil in a 10 inch skillet. Cook garlic over medium heat, stirring constantly until the garlic is tender, about 1 minute. Do not let the garlic burn. Add shrimp, and continue stirring until pink, about 3 to 5 minutes. Remove shrimp from the skillet, and set aside.

Stir tomatoes, wine, parsley and basil into the skillet. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until liquid is reduced by half, 8 to 12 minutes. Return shrimp to the skillet, and continue cooking until the shrimp are heated through, about 2 to 3 minutes. Serve the shrimp mixture over the pasta. Top with Parmesan cheese.

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