Sizzling Shrimp with Garlic
The snow is on the ground and opening day of ski season is in sight. There is no better time than to sit around the fire, or dinner table, and have some garlicky shrimp with crusty bread and nice bottle of red. These spicy shrimp are perfect after a day on the Winter Park ski slopes sitting around with friends sharing a nice glass of wine.
You will want to have plenty of bread on hand to capture the delicious pan juices from these garlicky crustaceans. This Basque tapa, called gambas al ajillo in other parts of Spain, is traditionally served at the table sizzlingpil pileandoin a little metal pan. Sherry or lemon juice is not always used, but either one adds a nice contrast to the richness of the oil and garlic. You can easily substitute squid, cut into rings 1/2 inch wide, or sea or bay scallops for the shrimp.
- 4 to 5 Tbs. olive oil
- 4 garlic cloves, finely minced
- 1 tsp. red pepper flakes
- 1 tsp. sweet paprika
- 1 lb. medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 1 to 2 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
- 1 to 2 Tbs. dry sherry
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 2 Tbs. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley