Shrimp Piccata – Quick and Easy – 25 Minutes

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Shrimp Piccata is another

..quick and easy traditional Italian recipe that..

.. is still a great weeknight dinner for busy people.

In the United States it is most frequently done with chicken breast filets and served with pasta.

We have posted a recipe for chicken piccata and another for Salmon Piccata

In Italy it is most often made with veal and served by itself as the “secundo” or main course.

If you and your gang like shrimp then you will love this Shrimp Piccata. 

You can buy your shrimp already thawed, peeled and deveined in the seafood section of your grocery store. If your shrimp have to be thawed it will just take a couple of minutes in the microwave and a few more to peel and devein.

Put a pot of salted water on at medium high and add the pasta. When the water starts to simmer the pasta will be done. Stir it a few times while it’s cooking. If it is al dente before you are done with the Shrimp Piccata just drain off the water, drizzle in a little olive oil and stir it up getting the pasta all coated with the oil. Put it on an idle back burner to keep warm.

In fact, when the Shrimp Piccata is ready you could heat up the pasta right  in the Shrimp Piccata.

Put a skillet on at medium high and add the butter. While the butter melts slice up the lemon and add the slices to the pan.

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Give the lemon slices about a minute in the butter then add the salt, black pepper, red pepper flakes (optional), white wine, garlic, capers, basil and parsley.

Mix it all together and push it all out to the outside edge of the pan. Add the shrimp laying them out flat.

Bring it up to a fast simmer and after about a minute turn the shrimp over. 

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After another minute add the grated parmesan cheese and stir it up as the cheese melts and thickens your Shrimp Piccata.

Serve your Shrimp Piccata over the pasta and top it with some grated parmesan. and parsley flakes.

Bon Appetito!

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We had the rest of that nice bottle of white wine – an Italian Soave – with our Shrimp Piccata. 

And of course some of Poppop’s easy homemade bread for dipping!

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  1. Put a skillet on at medium high and add the butter. While the butter melts slice up the lemon and add the slices to the pan. Give the lemon slices about a minute in the butter then add the salt, black pepper, red pepper flakes (optional), white wine, garlic, capers, basil and parsley. Mix it all together and push it all out to the outside edge of the pan. Add the shrimp laying them out flat. Bring it up to a fast simmer and after about a minute turn the shrimp over. After another minute add the grated parmesan cheese and stir it up as the cheese melts and thickens your Shrimp Piccata.
  2. Serve your Shrimp Piccata over the pasta and top it with some grated parmesan. and parsley flakes.
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Baked Cod One Pan Dinner – Quick and Easy – 25 Minutes

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Your Baked Cod One Pan Dinner is…

……easy and delicious. And,,,it’s all going to be ready to serve in 25 minutes or less. 

We’ve gotten to where we do the whole meal in one pan in the oven or one pot on the stove a couple of nights a week. As long as it still turns out real good it works for us and for a lot of my readers.

When you do it in the oven you should aim at using ingredients that all take as close as possible to the same time to cook. That doesn’t mean that you couldn’t add ingredients after the first ingredients have cooked some. But, doing that in the oven is a little more involved than on the stovetop.

This baked cod one pan dinner is 10 minutes doing the easy preparation and 15 minutes in the oven.

Set the oven at 450°F/232°C. Put the butter in a bowl in the microwave and melt it.

Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil or use a nonstick cookie sheet. Peel the potatoes and carrots then cut them into french fry shapes.

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Put the carrots and potatoes in the cookie sheet and drizzle them with some olive oil. Sprinkle the salt, pepper and 1/2 of the rest of the spices on the pile and toss everything together with your hands or a flipper kind of utensil.

Spread them out towards the sides of the cookie sheet leaving room in the middle for the cod fillets.

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Add the lemon juice, and the rest of the dry ingredients except the salt to the melted butter. The cod fillets have enough of their own salt.

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Lay the cod fillets on the empty spot in the cookie sheet.

Brush half of the melted butter mixture onto the cod fillets.

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Put it in the oven on a middle shelf and bake it for 15 minutes. If you want it to be a little crisp on the top surfaces switch the oven to broiler and move it to the top shelf for the last couple of minutes.

Top off the cod fillets with the rest of the butter mixture and serve up your Baked Cod One Pan Dinner.

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Gammy opted for some Chardonnay tonight so, yup, that’s what we had and it made real nice combo with our Baked Cod.

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  1. Set the oven at 450°F/232°C. Put the butter in bowl in the microwave and melt it. Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil or use a nonstick cookie sheet. Peel the potatoes and carrots then cut them into french fry shapes.
  2. Put the carrots and potatoes in the cookie sheet and drizzle them with some olive oil. Sprinkle the salt, pepper and 1/2 of the rest of the spices on the pile and toss everything together with your hands or a flipper kind of utensil. Spread them out towards the sides of the cookie sheet leaving room in the middle for the cod fillets.
  3. Add the lemon juice, garlic powder, black pepper, dried basil and dried rosemary to the melted butter. Notice no salt. The cod fillets have enough of their own salt. Place the cod fillets on their spot in the cookie sheet. Brush half of the melted butter mixture on the cod fillets. Put it in the oven on a middle shelf and bake it for 15 minutes. If you want it to be a little crunchy on the top surfaces switch the oven to broiler and move it to the top shelf for the last couple of minutes.
  4. Top off the cod fillets with the rest of the butter mixture and serve up your Baked Cod One Pan Dinner.
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Shrimp Scampi – Quick and easy – 20 Minutes Max

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Shrimp Scampi….

……..is quick and easy and delicious!

Shrimp Scampi will be at the top of your list of “go to” choices when you want to keep it simple but still would like it to be real good and…..

……for a great game day finger food just forego the pasta and serve your Shrimp Scampi with toothpicks!

Shrimp Scampi is a basic simple Italian dish of just a few ingredients that you will not mess up.

In fact any fancy Italian restaurant has to keep it simple to have it turn out well and they cannot make it any better than you are going to.

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Put a pot of salted water on for the pasta and if the shrimp have to thaw out put them in a bowl of water.

While the coming to a boil and the thawing out are going on lets put together a salad for tonight’s veggie and chop up the garlic. Caprese Salad would be our choice for our Italian mood dinner.

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The salad is ready, the shrimp have thawed out and the pasta water is boiling.

Put the pasta in the pot of water and stir it right away to keep it from sticking together. Remember to stir it a few times as it cooks.

Put on a skillet that is large enough to handle all the shrimp laid out flat. Set the burner at medium and add the olive oil and 1/2 of the butter. When the butter has melted put in the garlic.

 

As soon as you get the fragrance of the garlic cooking add the salt, pepper, parsley and red pepper flakes.

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Stir it all together and lay the shrimp out in the skillet. Give the shrimp just half a minute to a minute a side depending on their size.

Then put in the rest of the butter, squeeze in the lemon juice and add the white wine. Oh, and a splash of the pasta water

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Stir it all together and just a minute or so after it comes up to a simmer…….

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……..enjoy your quick and easy, homemade, better than a restaurant Shrimp Scampi!

Bon Appetito!!

Oh yeah and a chilled bottle of Pinot Grigio or Soave will complete that “sitting in a restaurant” feeling.

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  1. Put a pot of salted water on for the pasta and if the shrimp have to thaw out put them in a bowl of water. While the coming to a boil and the thawing out are going on lets put together a salad for tonight's veggie and chop up the garlic. Caprese Salad would be our choice for our Italian mood dinner.
  2. The salad is ready, the shrimp have thawed out and the pasta water is boiling. Put the pasta in the pot of water and stir it right away to keep it from sticking together. Remember to stir it a few times as it cooks. Put on a skillet that is large enough to handle all the shrimp laid out flat. Set the burner at medium and add the olive oil and 1/2 of the butter. When the butter has melted put in the garlic. As soon as you get the fragrance of the garlic cooking add the salt, pepper, parsley and red pepper flakes.
  3. Stir it all together and lay the shrimp out in the skillet. Give the shrimp just half a minute to a minute a side depending on their size. Then put in the rest of the butter, squeeze in the lemon juice and add the white wine. Oh yeah, and a splash of the pasta water.
  4. Stir it all together and just a minute or so after it comes up to a simmer enjoy your quick and easy, homemade, better than a restaurant Shrimp Scampi!
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Tuna Steak – Pan Seared – Quick and Easy

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Tuna Steak – Pan Seared – Quick and Easy

You will get rave reviews from friends and family when you serve up this Quick and Easy Pan Seared Tuna Steak with Cilantro and Lime because……..

………it’s delish! A restaurant could not do it any better than you. And, you won’t  take very long, in fact just minutes, to get it done and on the table. 

You can rub the tuna steaks with any combination of dried herbs that you prefer. We like the lemon pepper, dill weed and garlic powder combo but you’re the boss so do it the way that YOU like it.

If you don’t live where you can get fresh tuna steaks just get the frozen ones and put them in a bowl of water before you start on the veggies.

First lets get the one pan potatoes and string beans going and in the oven. They’re are going to take longer to cook than the tuna steaks will so let’s give them a head start.

Set the oven at 400°F/200°C. Put the potatoes in the microwave and zap ’em ’til they are soft enough to be squashed. 4-8 minutes depending on how many. If you are using big ones cut them up into chunks of about half dollar size.

While that is going on cut the onion into thin strips.

If you aren’t using pre -trimmed and washed string beans………

…….go ahead and cut the fuzzy ends off and rinse them under running water.

Put the string beans in a row along one end of a cookie sheet. Put half of the onion strips in the spots where you are going to squash the potatoes. Put the potatoes on the onion strips and squash ’em. Then spread the rest of the onion strips on top of the potatoes and if you have some to spare just put them on the string beans.

Drizzle everything with olive oil and sprinkle with grated parmesan, salt and pepper.  Then…….

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……..into the oven it goes.

Chop up the cilantro leaves and put them into a small bowl. Squeeze the lime juice in and add just a little salt and pepper. Then stir it together and put it aside while you get the tuna ready.

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Pat the steaks dry and lay them on a paper towel. Sprinkle half of the salt, lemon pepper, garlic powder and dried dill weed on the steaks and gently rub it onto the tuna with a spoon.

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Put the tuna steaks onto a new dry paper towel with the spiced side down and repeat the process on the up side.

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Put a skillet on at HIGH and swirl in enough olive oil to coat the bottom.

While it’s getting hot flip the potatoes over and pat them down onto the onion strips and lay the cheese slices onto the string beans. I had some provolone left over from a recent batch of lasagna so that’s what I used but any kind of sliced cheese that you like will work just fine.

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Your skillet will be hot now so gently lay the tuna steaks into it. A minute a side will give you almost sushi rare. 2-3 minutes a side will give you medium rare and any more than that will give you well done. Another way to tell is the poke test. You remember just how pliable they were when they were raw, well the more firm that they are beyond that will tell you the degree of doneness.

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It’s time to enjoy your Pan Seared Tuna Steak! Remember that cilantro resting in the lime juice? Use it to top off the tuna steaks and Bon Appetit!

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Gammy really likes Santa Margarita Pinot Grigio so guess what wine we had with our Tuna Steaks,,, yup. And we finished the bottle.

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  2. Put the string beans in a row along one end of a cookie sheet. Put half of the onion strips in the spots where you are going to squash the potatoes. Put the potatoes on the onion strips and squash 'em. Then spread the rest of the onion strips on top of the potatoes and if you have some to spare just put them on the string beans. Drizzle everything with olive oil and sprinkle with grated parmesan, salt and pepper. Then, into the oven it goes.
  3. Chop up the cilantro leaves and put them into a small bowl. Squeeze the lime juice in and add just a little salt and pepper. Then stir it together and put it aside while you get the tuna ready.
  4. Pat the steaks dry and lay them on a paper towel. Sprinkle half of the salt, lemon pepper, garlic powder and dried dill weed on the steaks and gently rub it onto the tuna with a spoon. Put the tuna steaks onto a new dry paper towel with the spiced side down and repeat the process on the up side.
  5. Put a skillet on at HIGH and swirl in enough olive oil to coat the bottom. While it's getting hot flip the potatoes over and pat them down onto the onion strips and lay the cheese slices onto the string beans. I had some provolone left over from a recent batch of lasagna so that's what I used but any kind of sliced cheese that you like will work just fine.
  6. Your skillet will be hot now so gently lay the tuna steaks into it. A minute a side will give you almost sushi rare. 2-3 minutes a side will give you medium rare and any more than that will give you well done. Another way to tell is the poke test. You remember just how pliable they were when they were raw, well the more firm that they are beyond that will tell you the degree of doneness.
  7. It's time to enjoy your Pan Seared Tuna Steak! Remember that cilantro resting in the lime juice? Use it to top off the tuna steaks and Bon Appetit!
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