Friday, July 8, 2011

Potluck Perfection

If you watched me cook on Rocco's Dinner Party, you may get a sense of my cooking style- simple to spectacular. I love making food that satisfies the soul and if I had to pick one word to describe my dishes it's "delicious"!

Enough about me! It's summer and you are being invited to BBQ's left and right, now you're wondering what do I bring? Like you don't have enough stress in your life! The secret to potluck perfection is choosing user friendly ingredients such as bacon, cheese, shrimp, chicken and spinach- who doesn't love this stuff? You can just about toss any of these ingredients into a pasta or rice dish throw in fresh herbs and you're sure to have a winning recipe. PS- Pasta and Rice really stretch the dollar giving you a chance to use some fancy ingredients while making them go a long way.

Here's my Recipe for Shrimp Spectacular - sauteed shrimp with bacon and fresh herbs tossed in a light parmesan cream sauce- you may have seen similar dishes before but tasted none like this!! It's simple, affordable and easily serves 15-20. Did I mention you will only need 2 pots! Oh, when I'm running short on time forget about fancy presentation I just leave it in the pot top it with bacon , cheese and herbs- I think the  "homey" presentation makes people love it even more! Try it and let me know what you think!

Chef Jen DePalma's Shrimp Spectacular
2 lbs of shrimp (31-40's)
1 lb of bacon
6 cloves of garlic smashed
1/2 cup of A.P. flour
1/2 cup of butter
4 cups of chicken broth or  3 chicken bouillons  dissolved in 4 cups of water
2 cups of half and half
1/2 cup of parmigiano reggiano
2 lbs of angel hair pasta

In a large pot saute bacon until crisp remove bacon and saute garlic until golden remove garlic and discard.
Lightly saute shrimp in bacon fat until cooked half way remove shrimp, set aside and discard oil.
Add flour and butter to pot, constantly whisk until light roux forms pour in broth and cream allow sauce to thicken.
Meanwhile cook pasta 2 minutes do not overcook (pasta will continue to cook in sauce), drain and toss with sauce.
Add shrimp and bacon back to pasta now add in cheese and fresh herbs, toss, season and taste
Top with more bacon and head over to your party!!!

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