RECIPE

Rachael’s Spanish Shrimp Scampi & Pimento Rice with Peas

This recipe originally appeared on the Rachael Ray Show. For more recipes and videos from the show visit RachaelRayShow.com.

Ingredients

For the rice:
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • About ⅓ cup 2-inch-long pieces broken regular or thin spaghetti
  • 1 cup long-grain white rice
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • ¾ cup freshly shelled peas or frozen peas, thawed
  • One 4-ounce jar chopped pimientos, drained
For the shrimp:
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 pounds large shrimp, peeled, deveined, tails removed
  • 4 spring onions, whites and greens, cut on an angle into 1/2-inch slices, (or 2  leeks, cut in half lengthwise, then crosswise into ½- inch half-moons)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • ¼ cup sherry, or ½  cup white wine
  • 1 lemon, juiced (about ¼ cup)
  • 4 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces
  • ½ cup fresh flat-parsley, chopped
  • Hot sauce (such as Tabasco), to taste

Preparation

For the rice, in a medium saucepan, heat the oil, one turn of the pan, over medium to medium-high. Add the butter. When it stops foaming, add the onion and garlic. Cook, stirring often, until softened, 2  to 3  minutes. Add the pasta and cook, stirring often, until deeply golden and fragrant, about 6  minutes. Add the rice and cook until toasted, about 1  minute more. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in the smoked paprika. Add the stock and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until almost tender, about 15  minutes. Stir in the peas and pimientos. Cover and cook until the rice is tender, about 5  minutes. Fluff with a fork.

For the shrimp, in a large nonstick skillet, heat the oil, two turns of the pan, over medium-high to high. Add the shrimp and cook until just opaque in the centers, about 2  minutes per side. Add the garlic and spring onions; season with salt and pepper. Add the crushed red pepper and toss 2  to 3  minutes more. Mix in the sherry and cook until almost completely reduced, about 1 minute. Add the lemon juice and butter and swirl the skillet until the butter melts, about 1  minute. Top with the parsley and hot sauce. Divide the rice among shallow bowls. Top with the shrimp.

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