Are you as ready for spring as I am? Here’s a lovely pairing of classic Italian Shrimp Scampi with Shallots and Artichokes that is sheer genius and perfect for the season!
This recipe for Shrimp Scampi with Shallots and Artichokes showcases one of spring’s first arrivals. It’s a client favorite and sure to get you rave reviews. It’s adapted from The Food You Crave by Ellie Krieger of the Food Network. I scaled it for an elegant dinner for two.
The addition of baby artichokes to this classic Italian-American dish is sheer genius by Ellie. Baby artichokes are beginning to appear in markets everywhere. Artichokes pair well with something acidic such as the lemon juice used in shrimp scampi and also with something creamy, such as the butter that is often used.
Ellie’s recipe calls for frozen or canned artichokes which can be used in a pinch. I prefer to use fresh baby artichokes. Artichokes have a delicate flavor that is best enjoyed fresh. If not using fresh baby artichokes, opt for frozen over canned. (Canned artichokes have very little of the delicate artichoke flavor remaining.)
Baby artichokes may look intimidating at first, but they are actually quite user-friendly and cook much faster than large, full-grown artichokes. All you need to do after washing the artichokes is to remove the outermost leaves until you get to the pale green that runs halfway up the artichoke. Cut off the stem, then trim off any rough edges around the base of the artichoke where you removed the leaves. Cut the top off the artichoke about ¾-inch down from the tip. Immediately submerge into potent acidulated (preferably lemon) water to prevent browning.
If you’re still concerned about handling this specialty produce item, this YouTube video will help you through the process.
Ellie’s recipe does not call for butter. However, it doesn’t quite seem like shrimp scampi without it! Just use a small amount of the real thing if you’re watching your weight or use a light butter product such as Land O’Lakes Light Butter instead.
Serve over pasta such as linguine. All you need on the side is a crisp salad of baby greens or green vegetable.