Easter Dinner

Yes, we celebrate it.  No, we’re not traditional.  If I were in Costa Rica this week would have involved being at the beach.  There would have been fish and seafood.  There would have been family and friends.  Even though I went a non-traditional route as far as dinner, it was a perfect Easter for us.

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On the menu?

  • Cold Boiled Shrimp (Oxymoron?  Yes, please.)
  • Asparagus in Brown Butter
  • Caprese Salad
  • Rolls
  • Wine

Cold Boiled Shrimp

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2.5 pounds tail-on raw shrimp, peeled and deveined

2 lemons

3 quarts water

1 – 2 Bay Leaf

1 – 2 T. coriander seed

1 – 2 T. Mustard Seed

1 – 2 T. All Spice

3 T. Salt

Take all of the ingredients and bring them to a boil.  Once boiling, add in the shrimp, bring to a boil again.  Let boil for one minute.  Turn it off, remove it from the heat and walk away.  Don’t look at it.  Don’t touch it.  Walk away.  In 15 minutes you can touch it.  No sooner.  Put it in the fridge to cool.  Serve chilled.  I like to serve it with lemon slices and cocktail sauce.

Brown Butter Asparagus

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1 stick of butter, unsalted

1 clove garlic, sliced

S&P to taste

Stove

Take the butter and begin to melt it slowly.  Slowly.  Slower.  It will begin to turn the color of caramel.  It’s going to start foaming, watch for little brown specks.  Remove the butter from the heat.

In a skillet sauté the garlic and asparagus in pieces until tender.  Pour the brown butter over the top.  S&P to taste.  Serve hot.

Caprese Salad

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4 Roma Tomatoes

8 oz. Mozzarella packed in water

6 large leaves of basil

1/4 cup EVOO, the purest you can find

S&P to taste

Chop the tomatoes & mozzarella.  Add the EVOO and S&P to the dish.  Mix it up.  Tear…TEAR the basil and add it to the salad.  Chill.

I got the rolls at a bakery.  Not too hard.  The wine was a nice 2006 La Crema Pinot Noir.  Yes, I like red wine enough to eat it with seafood.

This turned out to be a very easy Easter dinner.  I was going to make a leg of lamb, but I got to Costco too late.  This worked out great though.

I like things simple.  The only thing I had to do when it was time to eat was cook the asparagus.  I’m not kidding you, this was a 10 minute dinner.  Give or take the shrimp and salad prep.  All in all, I’d do it again.

There might have been some undocumented chocolate chip cookies and strawberry cream pie.

Happy Belated Easter!

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2 responses to “Easter Dinner

  1. Ligia (Mami)

    I really loved it! I still get amazed of the easiness with which you prepare great gourmet dinners! Love you and your cooking!

  2. It all sounds wonderfully simple and fresh, which is definitely the best way to go about any big, celebratory meal. Why be confined to tradition, anyway? It’s more fun when you create your own. 🙂

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