Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Coconut Shrimp and Cucumber salad over a Rice Pilaf

I got the inspiration for this dish from
Chef Dave Lieberman's Spicy Coconut Shrimp with Spicy Mango Basil salsa and
Lime Jasmin Rice recipe in Food Network website.

I didn't have ripe Mango, and my kids tolerate spicy foods poorly
so I was in a mood for modification of the original recipe.

I used cucmuber as a Salad side dish instead as a Salsa.
I deseeded the Korean Pepper to take away the spiciness of the dish.
I also added half a cup of Sprite to add a sweet tone to the dish.

My shrimps were already shelled and deveined so that was a real time saver.
I usually limit my cooking time 30 - 45 minutes
since my kids get impatient about waiting for dinner.

Here are the components of the dish:

Cooking Time: 40 minutes
Serving Yield: four

-Coconut shrimp and its sauce

-cucumber salad side dish

-Rice Pilaf

Ingredients and Cooking Procedure for each component is provided below.

Coconut shrimp and its sauce ingredients:
-2 pounds shrimps, peeled and deveined
-2 peppers (I used Korean peppers) deseeded and chopped
-5 cloves of garlic, minced
-zest of one lime
-a bunch of basil leaves torned
-1/2 cup coconut milk
-1/2 cup Sprite or Mountain Dew soda (soft drink)
-2 tablespoon vegetable oil
-1/2 teaspoon salt
- 20 grinds from a pepper mill
- 2 tablespoon soy sauce
- 2 tablespoon dark brown sugar
- ginger the size of a thumb, peeled and grated using a microplane

cucumber salad side dish ingredients:
-1 cucumber, unpeeled, cubed into small peices
-10 basil leaves, coarsely chopped
-10 cilantro (wansuy) leaves, coarsely chopped
-2 lime juiced
-salt and ground pepper

Rice Pilaf ingredients:
- 3 tablespoon peanuts
- 1- 1/2 cups rice, washed and drained
- 4 cups Chicken broth
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 tablespoon of chopped butter
- 1/2 cup coconut milk
- 1 bunch onion greens (white and green portion) sliced thinly
- fresh ground pepper
- fresh thyme, 4 sprigs
- 2 cloves of garic, smashed and coarsely chopped

Cooking Procedure:

For the Shrimps, prepare and marinade for up to four hours:
In a mixing bowl combine the chopped peppers, minced grated ginger,
brown sugar, soy sauce, lime zest, coconut milk, Sprite, basil, vegetable oil, salt and pepper.
Blend and dissolve thoroughly. Add the shrimp to the bowl. cover the bowl with a plastic cling film,
put in the bowl into the refrigerator and marinate for up to four hours.

Prepare the salad side dish:
Combine the cubed cucumbers, basil leaves, cilantro, lime juice. Season with salt and pepper
to taste.

Prepare Rice Pilaf. (see procedure below)

When the shrimps are ready to be cooked, heat a skillet over high heat.
If using a regular skillet, put 2 tablespoon of oil on the pan.
use a tong to remove to remove the shrimps from the marinade and
place on the skillet being careful that they don't overlap.
Do NOT throw the marinade.

Turn the shrimps over to the other side when each side turns pinkish.
Do not cook longer than 5 minutes so they are tender. The last two minutes of cooking time, sprinkle
with minced garlic. toss the pan. Transfer the cooked shrimps on a plate.

In the same pan, add the marinade. Turn flame on stove on medium heat.
Let boil until the marinade is thick about 5 minutes.

To Serve do the following:

Put a mound of Rice Pilaf on the dish.
carefully lay the shrimps on top of the Rice Pilaf being conscious of presentation.
carefully pour the coconut sauce on top of the shrimps, rich and around the rice mound.
Use a spoon to put the cucumber salad at the side of the mound of rice Pilaf.

Rice Pilaf Cooking Procedure:

Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a medium pan.Add the smashed garlic and stir often to prevent it from burning.
Add the chopped peanuts and stir often with a wooden spoon or else it will burn. When the peanuts has turned brown,
add the drained rice grains to the pan. Add the stick of butter. Stir occasionally until the rice has turned brown.
Stir in the Chicken Stock. Let it boil then lower the heat to low setting. Cover the pan (the steam is what is needed to cook the rice).
Add more liquid as needed to soften the rice.

Remove the rice from the heat source. sprinkle with chopped onion leaves. season with salt and pepper as needed.

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