SUNDAY SMALL BITES WEEK 1 - INGREDIENT:SHRIMP
RECIPE: SHRIMP WITH OREGANO AND GARLIC
It's the beginning of a new cooking group. Our group began long ago as the Sunday Slow Bakers, then changed to the Sunday Slow Scoopers, then became the Sunday Slow Soupers, then recently were the Sunday Salad Samplers. We are now beginning a new chapter, and we will now be making Sunday Small Bites.
This one is a little different. Each week, someone picks our featured ingredient. That week, everyone makes a small plate using that ingredient. The rules are that you are to make a recipe that you've never made before. I'm challenging myself a little more. Unless I really can't find a new recipe any other way, I'm using cookbooks I already own to find my recipes. I have lots of cookbooks, but don't cook from a lot of them. I usually go to epicurious.com to find recipes. That would be so easy for this challenge, because all I would have to do is a search for appetizers with the ingredient listed.
This week was my week to choose our ingredient. I chose SHRIMP. I elected to make an appetizer that is very easy to make, from a Williams-Sonoma cookbook I don't think I've made anything from.
The shrimp were good, but I wouldn't make the recipe as stated again. I really liked the oregano flavor, but I didn't like the texture of the dried oregano. Next time I'll use fresh and I think it will be much better. I also used more garlic than called for-I used 5 cloves. And instead of the 1 cup of olive oil, I used 1/3 cup, which was plenty. I don't agree with the cookbook author that this is the flavor of paella. I make a shrimp that's similiar with just garlic, rosemary and olive oil that I love, but the oregano is another flavor choice that would be a nice appetizer to certain dishes when you might not want a rosmary flavor.