I don't know if others have commented on this, but one aspect of this project that impresses me is the limited number of ingredients called for in a lot of these recipes - not just how ordinary they are, but also how few they are. This recipe calls for 9 ingredients - and the result is wonderful.
Actually one ingredient presented a bit of a challenge. Red chili peppers were not in season in my area when I made this recipe. I was told on more than one occasion that a green pepper would work just as well, but I resisted until I was able to secure the red variety.
Onion, garlic and red chili pepper cooking in the olive oil.
I had to check a couple of times before I took the next step. In my limited experience, parsley is a garnish added at the end of a recipe - a bit of taste & colour, but not really very important. But in this recipe parsley is added at an early stage, suggesting perhaps that it is crucial -
- or maybe Marcella is just trying to evoke the colours of the Italian flag - after all, she did specify a red chili pepper. What do you think?
Add the tomatoes, simmer for 20 minutes; then add the shelled shrimp & cook for a few minutes.
The final result - another winner.
What I liked about this recipe:
Almost everything. Simple ingredients, very good directions, a new appreciation for the humble parsley herb and excellent results.
What I didn't like about this recipe:
I had to delay preparing this dish until red chili peppers were available where I live. Next time I don't think I'll be so picky.
Would I make it again?
Definitely. I like shrimp a lot and this is an excellent shrimp recipe - sure to become a standard chez Doug.