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Seared Saffron-Tomato Shrimp

This brings a great seafood addition to your tapas menu.

  • ½ cup Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc
  • ½ teaspoon saffron threads (add these to the wine now)
  • 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 cup seafood stock (you can substitute vegetable stock, but it won't be as good; conversely, you could make a seafood broth from boiling the shrimp shells with celery, carrot and onion if you're bored with life and didn't remember to get seafood stock at Harris Teeter)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 large can (14½ ounce) crushed tomatoes with juices; you can use the whole can, if you want to make this more of a soup.
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste (can substitute extract);  Note: you can make this optional, but it is an essential part of the taste in this dish.
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh chives
  • Sea salt and ground pepper

Prepare the Shrimp

  • Pat shrimp dry with a paper towel and season with salt and pepper.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of oil and 1 tablespoon butter to a skillet over medium-high heat.
  • When foam subsides, add shrimp and cook until brown (about 2 minutes).
  • Remove and transfer to a plate.

Prepare the Sauce

  • Using the same skillet as for the shrimp, add 1 tablespoon oil and 1 tablespoon butter and set heat to medium.
  • When butter is melted, add shallot and cook stirring until soft (about 3 minutes).
  • Add garlic and cook until fragrant.
  • Deglaze the pan with the wine and saffron mixture, allowing the wine to reduce by half (about 3 minutes).
  • Stir-in tomatoes, vanilla, and honey.
  • Allow mixture to simmer until it starts to thicken (about 5 minutes).
  • Stir in the broth and bring to a boil.
  • Add shrimp back to the skillet and coat with sauce.  Cook for an additional 2 minutes.

Serving

  • Spoon sauce onto serving platter and garnish with chives.
  • Alternately, you can put into a crock pot on low to keep warm.  Have chives on the side to be used when served to a plate.