Baked Shrimp Scampi

Baked Shrimp Scampi

Shrimp Scampi is a shrimp dish just about everyone loves.  It’s a simple dish with just 4 ingredients; and it can be made in a matter of minutes.  I mean how hard is it to sauté shrimp in a garlic butter sauce?

Sautéing in garlic butter is very easy, specially if you’re making scampi for just 2 or 3 people.  But how about making it for a crowd?  If you’re making scampi for a crowd you’ll probably want to make it in batches, you really can’t expect perfectly cooked shrimp when you’re pan is heaped with raw shrimp.  It’s not always easy to get a frying pan of shrimp to cook evenly.  So what’s the solution?

Baked scampi!  Yes instead of sautéing a huge pan of shrimp or making several smaller batches it’s  easier to bake them.  This is seriously the easiest way to make Shrimp scampi for a crowd!  It takes just minutes to put together then baked for about 15 minutes.  This impressive looking dish can be made in about half an hour leaving you plenty of time to spend with guests instead of slaving away in the kitchen!

Baked Shrimp Scampi

Ingredients:

1 Lb. Medium Shrimp, peeled but leave tail on

1/4 Cup White Wine

1 Stick butter, melted and divided in halves

1 Lemon, juiced and zested

3 Cloves Garlic, minced

1/2 Cup parsley, chopped, divided into thirds

Dash of Cayenne Red Pepper

1/2 Cup Panko bread crumbs

1 Tbs. Olive Oil

Salt & Pepper to taste

Pasta, cooked and ready to serve

Lemon wedges for garnish

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 425º

Combine wine, 1/2 of melted butter, lemon juice and zest, garlic, 1/3 of chopped parsley, Cayenne pepper in a bowl.

Toss raw shrimp in this mixture and let sit about 5 minutes.

Arrange shrimp on baking dish and drizzle marinade over it.

Toss Panko in olive oil and 1/3 of the chopped parsley

Sprinkle over shrimp.

Drizzle remaining butter over all.

Bake in hot oven for about 10-15 minutes or until the shrimp has turned pink.

Serve over pasta, sprinkle remaining parsley over all and serve with a wedge of lemon.

 

 

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  1. Pre-heat oven to 425º
  2. Combine wine, 1/2 of melted butter, lemon juice and zest, garlic, 1/3 of chopped parsley, Cayenne pepper in a bowl. 
  3. Toss raw shrimp in this mixture and let sit about 5 minutes.
  4. Arrange shrimp on baking dish and drizzle marinade over it.
  5. Toss Panko in olive oil and 1/3 of the chopped parsley
  6. Sprinkle over shrimp.
  7. Drizzle remaining butter over all.
  8. Bake in hot oven for about 10-15 minutes or until the shrimp has turned pink.
  9. Serve over pasta, sprinkle remaining parsley over all and serve with a wedge of lemon.
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Hasselback Potatoes

Hasselback Potatoes

Hasselback Potatoes have been around for years, specially in the Midwestern states.  They’ve gained popularity in recent years as many of us have discovered what the Swedes and Midwesterners have known since the 1950’s!

What are Hasselback Potatoes and where did they get their name you may wonder.  They were first served at a Swedish restaurant named Hasselbacken in 1953.  They are a type of baked potato that is tender on the inside and crispy on the outside.  They’re sort of like thin potato chips attached together at the potato base.  The sliced potatoes are baked to a crispy outer shell then stuffed with cheese and topped with sour cream, chives, or whatever your favorite toppings are.

They are really easy to make, almost like making baked potatoes!  The hardest part may just be the slicing.  The potatoes are thinly sliced almost to the base of the potato leaving the bottom portion still attached.  I found that the best way to cut them is to place the potato on top of a large spoon then using a sharp knife slice the potato until the knife touches the spoon, this leaves the bottom parts of each slice still attached.

For Hasselback Potatoes I prefer to use medium sized Russet Potatoes.  (I use the large sized Russets for regular baked potatoes.)  You can also use Yukon Gold Potatoes, but I find that the russets hold up better than the Yukoons.

When I make Hasselback Potatoes I stuff cheese between slices but leave the toppings on the side so each person can add their own.  I usually offer sour cream, shredded cheeses, chopped chives, and green onions.  But you can offer bacon bits and other toppings you like.

So without further delay here’s my recipe for Hasselback Potatoes!

Hasselback Potatoes

Ingredients:

4 – 6 Medium Sized Russet Potatoes

1 Stick Butter, melted

1/3 Cup Olive Oil

4 Cloves Fresh Garlic, minced

1 Tbs.  Chopped Fresh Parsley

Salt & Pepper

Cheddar Cheese slices – enough to fill potatoes between slices

1/2 Cup Parmesan Cheese, grated

Sour Cream

Chopped Chives and/or Green Onions

Bacon Bits

Other favorite toppings

Instructions:

Pre-heat oven to 450° F.

Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

Scrub each potato very well.  Make sure it’s clean and has no dust or dirt on it.  I use a green scotch pad to make sure each potato is very clean.  Pat dry with paper towels.

Place potato on a large spoon.  Slice potato from the top to when the knife touches the spoon edge.  Make slices as thin as possible, about 9-10 slices. Slice all the potatoes this way.

Mix melted butter, olive oil, garlic, parsley, salt & pepper together.

Brush butter mixture all over each potatoes making sure you have it in between each slice and around the entire potato including the bottom.

Place potatoes on the prepared baking sheet and bake in the oven for 50 – 60 minutes.

Remove from oven and cool about 5 minutes.

Insert a slice of cheese between slices and sprinkle parmesan cheese in between as well.

Bake in the oven until the cheese melts.

Move to serving dishes and top with desired toppings.

I usually sprinkle chopped green onions or chives over the potatoes and serve with a variety of toppings and invite everyone to top as they please.

 

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4 - 6 Medium Sized Russet Potatoes 1 Stick Butter, melted 1/3 Cup Olive Oil 4 Cloves Fresh Garlic, minced  1 Tbs.  Chopped Fresh Parsley Salt & Pepper Cheddar Cheese slices - enough to fill potatoes between slices 1/2 Cup Parmesan Cheese, grated Sour Cream Chopped Chives and/or Green Onions Bacon Bits Other favorite toppings
Hasselback Potatoes
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4 - 6 Medium Sized Russet Potatoes 1 Stick Butter, melted 1/3 Cup Olive Oil 4 Cloves Fresh Garlic, minced  1 Tbs.  Chopped Fresh Parsley Salt & Pepper Cheddar Cheese slices - enough to fill potatoes between slices 1/2 Cup Parmesan Cheese, grated Sour Cream Chopped Chives and/or Green Onions Bacon Bits Other favorite toppings
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 450° F. 
  2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Scrub each potato very well.  Make sure it's clean and has no dust or dirt on it.  I use a green scotch pad to make sure each potato is very clean.  Pat dry with paper towels.
  4. Place potato on a large spoon.  Slice potato from the top to when the knife touches the spoon edge.  Make slices as thin as possible, about 9-10 slices. Slice all the potatoes this way.
  5. Mix melted butter, olive oil, garlic, parsley, salt & pepper together.
  6. Brush butter mixture all over each potatoes making sure you have it in between each slice and around the entire potato including the bottom.
  7. Place potatoes on the prepared baking sheet and bake in the oven for 50 - 60 minutes. 
  8. Remove from oven and cool about 5 minutes. 
  9. Insert a slice of cheese between slices and sprinkle parmesan cheese in between as well. 
  10. Bake in the oven until the cheese melts. 
  11. Move to serving dishes and top with desired toppings.  
Recipe Notes

I usually sprinkle chopped green onions or chives over the potatoes and serve with a variety of toppings and invite everyone to top as they please.

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Roasted Garlic Butter Chicken

Roasted Garlic Butter Chicken

If you’re looking for a way to make a tender juicy roasted chicken then you must try this Roasted Garlic Butter Chicken.  It’s seriously tender, juicy, crisp skinned and tasty too!

I know many times roasted or even rotisserie chicken comes out dry and not very tasty.  That’s one of the reasons I seldom buy the rotisserie chicken from the grocery stores.  But I do love roast chicken!

The secret to crispy skin is to make sure the chicken skin is to make sure the skin is dry before you begin.  And to ensure a tender juicy roast chicken you bake it slowly on at a lower temperature and letting it rest before serving.  The tastiness comes from the fresh herbs you will use on and in your chicken.

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Roasted Garlic Butter Chicken

Ingredients:

3-4 Lb. Whole Chicken

1/2 Stick Butter – Melted

1 Tbl. Garlic Minced

1 Tsp. Salt

1 Tsp. Lemon Pepper

1Tsp. Fresh Rosemary leaves or dried rosemary

1/2 Tsp. Fresh Sage -chopped or dried Sage

1/2 Tsp. Fresh Thyme leaves or dried

1/2 Tsp Fresh Basil – chopped or dried basil

1 Lemon cut into quarters

4 Garlic cloves peeled

3 Sprigs fresh rosemary

3-4 Leaves Fresh Sage

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees

Remove giblets from chicken cavity and wash chicken (you can boil giblets for gravy if you want)

Dry chicken with paper towels.  Be sure entire chicken is dry.

Place on rack breast side up.

Spread salt into chicken cavity.

Place lemon quarters and peeled garlic cloves loosely into cavity.

Place Rosemary springs and Sage leaves loosely into cavity.

Tie legs together.

Mix dry or chopped fresh herbs into melted butter. (this includes lemon pepper, rosemary, thyme, sage and minced garlic).

Rub butter mixture all over the chicken, be sure you get it in the creases and every exposed part of the chicken.  I usually use my hands to rub the butter mixture on to the chicken, this ensures I get it in all the creases and the wings.

Tuck wings into to sides.

Place chicken in the oven and cook uncovered for 10 minutes.

Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees and continue to cook until internal temperature is 165 degrees – this will take about 1 hour to 1 hour 10-15 minutes.

Remove chicken from oven and let rest for about 15 minutes.

Place chicken on serving platter, remove ties from legs and remove the herbs and lemon from the cavity.

Replace with fresh springs of rosemary and sage leaves for garnish if desired.

Slice and serve immediately.

If you have left overs you can turn the meat into Chicken Salad or boil the carcass for stock and make Chicken Soup.


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