Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Grilled Shrimp, Crunchy Mashed Potatoes, and Salad

We are leaving town tomorrow, so I have been letting our food run out. Thankfully I had enough left to make a great meal. The stars of this meal are Olive Oil. Salt and Pepper. It is amazing how these simple ingredients can make something taste so good!

Grilled Shrimp
Shrimp - Peeled and devained
Sea Salt
Ground Pepper
Olive oil
Garlic Powder
Knorrs Aromat Seasoning

Put shrimp in a mixing bowl.
Pour about 3 Tb of olive oil in the bowl

Mix in about 1 Teaspoon of Salt, LOTS of pepper, a few shakes of garlic and aromat seasoning.

Stir and put on a plate until you are ready to cook. I tried putting them on the skewers we got for our wedding, then I realized the skewers wouldn't fit onto the grill pan, but if you are using a real grill you can skewer the shrimp.

Now add some more pepper!!!
Use a basting brush and brush olive oil all over the grill pan.
Heat pan and put shrimp on the pan.
Cook for 2 minutes on one side then turn over and cook for one minute on the other side.

Remove and serve with a lemon wedge, although you don't really need it!

Crunchy Mashed Potatoes
Small Potatoes like Red or Yukon Gold, 1-2 per person
Olive Oil
Fresh Rosemary

Boil potatoes in salt water until a fork will penetrate easily.

pour olive oil in a baking dish so that it is covered but not drenched.

Put potatoes in dish and use a potato masher to squash the potatoes. I do not own a potato masher so I used one of the beaters from my hand mixer. Mash just enough to produce a layer about 1/2 inch thick or a little less.

Use a basting brush and cover the top of the potatoes with olive oil.

Sprinkle lots of salt on the potatoes.

Sprinkle pepper and rosemary on the potatoes.

Put in the oven on 450 for about 25 minutes.

I keep making this salad because I love lemon and it tastes so good on the Arugula.
Squeeze 1/2 lemon on the arugula, drizzle about 1 Tb of olive oil. Sprinkle salt and pepper and mix. Thinly slice parmesano reggiano and crumble over salad.

Our refrigerator is clear of fresh food and we are ready to leave town! I will be blogging some over Christmas since my mom has given me the job of cooking while we are home. She needs a break from cooking after all of her catering jobs and I guess I have brought it on myself now that I have this cooking blog! Hope everyone has a Merry Christmas. We are Texas bound!

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