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Discussion in 'Food Forum' started by okie, Dec 9, 2004.

  1. okie

    okie GT Mayor

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    Awhile back my brain came up with a recipe. I cant envision that it is orignal, it is prolly a copy of something. Anywho you take 2 cups
    extra virgin olive oil, 1 stick butter,2 bulbs of garlic, 1/2 tsp salt
    1 tsp course ground pepper, 2 tablespoons red pepper flakes and 1 bunch chopped parsley. Heat this up and mix with pasta. I am wanting to incorporate shrimp into this. What kinda seasoning would go good in the shrimp to ecenuate the flavor of the pasta and sauce
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  2. The Pontificator

    The Pontificator Angry Samoan

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    Are you SURE that this recipe calls for TWO CUPS of olive oil on top of a WHOLE STICK OF BUTTER? That's a lot of sauce liquid for just a pound of pasta. Yikes...your noodles will be swimming in sauce...even with shrimp added.

    TWO TABLESPOONS OF CRUSHED RED PEPPER FLAKES???!!!! Are you some sort of masochist?

    ;f

    See re-worked recipe below.
     

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    The Pontificator Angry Samoan

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    I've re-written the recipe for you in amounts that should come out OK.

    When the pasta is almost finished cooking dip a measuring cup in the water and reserve some of the starchy water. That way, if the finished product is too dry, you can stir in a little bit of the liquid.

    Here's my version which should serve 3-4:

    1/2 cup olive oil
    2-3 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed flat with side of knife blade
    1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
    1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
    1/3 lb. medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
    4 TBS (1/2 stick) melted butter

    juice of 1 fresh lemon

    1/2 cup fresh parsley leaves, coarsely chopped.

    1 lb. regular spaghetti

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    In a large skillet or saucepan heat olive oil under medium heat. Add crushed garlic cloves and gently simmer over med-low heat for 2 minutes. DO NOT brown or burn garlic. Remove garlic cloves and discard. Add crushed red pepper flakes and ground black pepper. Saute' for 1 minute.

    Add shrimp and saute for several minutes until they turn pink then add melted butter. Turn down heat to low and gently simmer.

    Meanwhile, bring min. of 4 quarts water seasoned with two heaping teaspoonsful of salt to boil in a large pot. Cook pasta until 'al dente' stage and drain (and DO NOT overdrain!). Return pasta to cooking pot and add contents of skillet along with lemon juice and chopped parsley. Toss over medium heat for about 45 seconds to thouroughly heat and coat pasta with the sauce. Serve immediately.

    That's gotta work, Okie. :)
     
  4. okie

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    Why yes I am John;f Thanks for the new recipe my friend
     
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    Some things to remember about pasta

    1. never overcook it
    2. never overdrain it
    3. never over-sauce it

    The larger the pot, the better VOLUME is key.

    min. of 4 qts water per pound. If cooking more than a pound, use TWO pots.

    You need to salt the cooking water. BE GENEROUS with the salt. adding a teaspoon of salt to a gallon of water is akin to adding one little crushed red pepper flake to a kettle of chili. Pasta cooked in plain water tastes flat.

    Properly seasoned, pasta cooking water should taste "briny".

    BTW when I make tomato sauce using canned tomatoes I NEVER add salt...they're salty enough. I do use a pinch of sugar to balance out the citric acid used to preserve canned tomato products.
     
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    Did not know bout the overdraining of pasta John, thanks so much;)
     
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    Caretaker GO YANKEES!!!

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    I AGREE WITH YOU PONTI. BUT I DO LIKE A BIT MORE GARLIC TO MINE AND A BIT MORE PEPPER FLAKE MAYBE DOUBLE WHAT YOU GOT. BUT YOUR AMOUNTS ARE REAL GOOD FOR THE AVERAGE EATER OF THIS FOR MY VERSION OR OKIE'S FOR THAT MATTER IS NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART. OKIE'S MEASURMENTS WOULD KILL MOST PEOPLE AND LIVESTOCK TOO...LOL..JUST TEASING. GOOD POST
     
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    You gotta taste it my friend. Sure is good;f