lattice chicken pot pie
Mexican street corn pasta
chicken Ghiveci
creamy chicken tortilla soup, jalapeno jack popovers
butter basted ribeyes, twice baked potatoes, broccoli
brisket tacos, pinto beans
pork souvlaki, naan

Monday, May 7, 2012

Spinach Basil Pesto Baked Shrimp

spinach basil pesto baked shrimpI knew I wanted to have shrimp as an appetizer at the wine exchange. Since we were having pizza as the entree, I wanted something with an Italian flavor. I love pesto, but I am allergic to tree nuts, so I always have to make my own. A cheaper alternative to basil pesto is adding in spinach to help bulk up the pesto. I like to buy baby spinach at the salad bar, it is so much cheaper than buying it in the produce department and you can buy as small an amount as you wish. I came up with this recipe and was so proud of myself, until I realized that the shrimp had their shells on. Even though I requested tail on only shrimp at the seafood counter. And after I had already coated each one in pesto and Panko. Luckily, two friends were over early for the party and they helped me peel the shrimp in no time.
Spinach Basil Pesto Baked Shrimp

½ cup baby spinach leaves
¼ cup fresh basil leaves
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 clove garlic, peeled
1 teaspoon lemon juice
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
½ cup Panko breadcrumbs
1 pound peeled shrimp

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Grease a 9x13 glass baking dish with cooking spray. In the bowl of your food processor, add the spinach, basil, cheese, garlic and lemon juice. Pulse until well combined. Stream in one tablespoon of the olive oil with the processor running and then transfer the mixture to a shallow dish. Stir in the remaining olive oil and Panko. Take the shrimp and coat with the Panko-Pesto mixture and place in a single layer in the greased baking dish. Once all the shrimp are coated, bake for 5 to 10 minutes, until shrimp are cooked through. Cooking time will vary based on the size of your shrimp.
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Nicole, RD said...

Beautiful color! Light, quick, classy :)

elly said...

These look great. I rarely think to bake shrimp, but I'm definitely giving this recipe a try.

Brianna said...

Yum, this sounds like a really good shrimp dish. I love pesto with anything and have been meaning to make it since I bought basil at the store. Glad you posted this.

katie said...

Baking shrimp is so quick and easy, ever since I made Ina's roasted shrimp cocktail I have been making them in the oven.

Jessica said...

I absolutely adore baked shrimp, and I love the idea of adding spinach to the pesto! said...

Yum! These look delicious!

kylee said...

While I will never taste these myself (crustacean allergy), I bet the Teenager and TheFoodCritic at my house would LOVE this!

They love all things involving pesto, and both love shrimp. Looks like a winner to me!

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