by Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez / Sunday, September 11, 2011
Pasilla Garlic Shrimp
Well, this meal...this one right here...it's one of those meals.
A play on the classic dish Camarones al Mojo de Ajo, which is irresistible in and of itself, I find this dish ultimately more craveable and basically - heavenly. I did double the amount of garlic called for in the original recipe, so if you have garlic sensitivities you may want to take note.
Pasilla Garlic Shrimp
This tender shrimp in a garlicky pasilla chile sauce will make you want to lick your plate clean.
by Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 13 minutes
Keywords: saute entree nut-free soy-free sugar-free chiles shrimp garlic Tex-Mex
Ingredients (serves 4)
- 2 pasilla chiles, stemmed & seeded
- 2 pounds shrimp, heads removed, peeled & deveined
- 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
- 8 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- 1 cup + 2 tablespoons shrimp stock (or chicken stock or water)
- 1 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 tablespoons butter
- freshly ground black pepper
Toast pasillas in a dry skillet over high heat for ~10 seconds per side, or until they start to puff and change color a bit. Fill the skillet with enough water to cover the chiles. Leave the heat on until the water begins to boil, then turn and off let sit for ~30 minutes to rehydrate chiles.
Drain the chiles and place them in the jar of a blender along with the cilantro, garlic, ginger, cumin, cayenned, lime juice and 1 cup of the stock. Blend until you have a smooth purée.
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add chile purée and cook, stirring from time to time for about 10 minutes. Add the butter and remaining stock. When butter has melted, stir the sauce to combine then add the shrimp. Cook for ~3 minutes, or until pink. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Serve shrimp and chile butter over grits (or rice or just soak up with a loaf of crusty bread).
-adapted from The Homesick Texan CookbookHyperion and hosted (right here!) at girlichef
Michiana-based food writer with a fondness for garlic, freshly baked bread, stinky cheese, dark beer, and Mexican food—who believes that immersing herself in different cultures one bite at a time is the best path to enlightenment.