Thursday, August 14, 2008

Cognac Shrimp

Looking for something good that won't take a lot of time? I absolutely love this easy French recipe. I've always loved Italian, but lately I'm getting into French cuisine too:)


Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes

• 1 shallot, chopped
• ½ cup dry white wine
• 2 tablespoons lemon juice
• 1 tablespoon heavy cream
• 12 tablespoons cold butter
• 1/16 teaspoon white pepper
• 5 tablespoons butter
• ¾ lb medium shrimp, rinsed and deveined
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 2 tablespoons Cognac


To make Beurre Blanc:

Simmer the shallots, white wine, and lemon juice in a small saucepan over low-medium heat for 5-10 minutes, until the mixture is reduced to about 2 tablespoons. Add the cream and bring to just under a simmer. When the first few bubbles rise, turn the heat down very slightly and add the 12 tablespoons of butter, one tablespoon at a time, whisking constantly. Be sure to allow one pat of butter to melt completely before adding the next. Once the butter is fully incorporated, season the beurre blanc sauce with white pepper and set aside.

In a skillet over high heat, melt 5 tablespoons of butter, and then saut̩ shrimp, turning a few times until cooked through Рabout 3-4 minutes. Reduce the heat to low and season the shrimp with salt. Carefully add the Cognac(it may flame) and stir thoroughly. Spoon the warm beurre blanc sauce over the hot shrimp and serve.

Makes 2 servings.

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