SKIP THE TAKE OUT!!!!!

STOP!!! Hang up the phone. There is no need to order chinese take-out when you can make it yourself, in the amount of time it takes for delivery.  Tonight’s dinner is a spicy, crispy treat! Some of the ingredients may seem useless but they are essential in any Asian dish you could imagine making. These General Tso’s Shrimp are DELICIOUS!!!!!

General Tso’s Shrimp

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You will need:

1-1 ½ lb of jumbo shrimp (peeled, deveined, tail on)

2 eggs (beaten)

½ cup cornstarch

1 T soy sauce

About 1/3 cup vegetable oil, for frying

2 T minced garlic

2 T minced ginger

Sauce

½ cup chicken stock (or water) ——- You won’t notice the difference

3 T hoisin sauce (can be found in the Asian section of your local market)

2 T soy sauce

2 tsp chili paste (Sambal Oelek)

3 tsp sesame oil

5 T sugar

2 T cornstarch

8 dried red chiles (optional)

GARNISH (OPTIONAL)

3 scallions (sliced on a bias)

Sesame seeds

  1. Pat shrimp dry and add the soy sauce to the beaten eggs. Using one hand for egg wash and the other for cornstarch, lightly dredge the shrimp (egg wash first).
  2. Combine all the sauce ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
  3. Heat oil in saute pan. Fry shrimp until they are golden brown and crispy! Set to the side.
  4. Discard majority of oil (Leave a coating in pan), add minced garlic and ginger, saute for a minute. Add shrimp, toss for about 30 seconds.
  5. Add sauce and alllow it to thicken, about 2-3 minutes.
  6. Serve over white rice, garnish and ENJOY!!!
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Molto Buono – Shrimp Fra Diavolo

 

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This is the ultimate 25-30 minute meal! Full of flavor with little effort. I’m not a measuring cup kinda girl but here’s what you’ll need.

2lbs or raw shrimp. (peeled, deveined, tail-on)

Two cloves of garlic minced (about a tablespoon and a half)

1 medium onion (chopped)

1/4 cup of Italian parsley

1/4 cup of basil

3 tablespoons of oregano

3 tablespoons of olive oil

1 cup of white wine

1 1/2 tomato diced or can of diced tomatoes (will not effect the taste)

Red pepper flakes (to taste)

Salt

Pasta of your choice (Linguini, Angel Hair, etc. )

1. Boil water in a deep pot for pasta.

2. Toss shrimp with salt, red pepper flakes. Heat oil in large skillet. Add shrimp. Toss once. When done (1-2 minites) set aside on a plate. Sprinkle with cayenne pepper or more red pepper flakes, if desired.

3. Add onions, tomatoes, wine and oregano. Cook for 2-3 minutes. Add garlic.

4. Water should be boiling, add salt (if desired) and a drop of olive oil. Cook pasta al dente and plate.

5. Add shrimp back to sauce and let it thicken. About 2 minutes. Turn the skillet off. Add basil and parsley. Serve over pasta.

Presto! Little Italy in you’re dining room! Or sofa! ☺