SIMPLE SUPPERS: LEMON HERB SHRIMP OVER PASTA

When I get off work on a Friday afternoon when the weather is nice, I cannot wait to get the weekend started. I typically don't feel like making complicated food... I want it to be fast, easy and delicious. This dish is so simple to whip up for a couple or a couple dozen guests. The key is to use fresh herbs and the best shrimp you can find. For me, that is Alabama Gulf shrimp... I'm lucky to have easy access to it. Frozen shrimp will work if that is what you can get but oh my, what a difference you will taste if you use fresh shrimp. Make this for supper and serve it with some toasty bread and a nice chilled glass of white wine and you've got a good start on a relaxing weekend.

Simple Suppers Lemon Herb Shrimp over Pasta

LEMON HERB SHRIMP OVER PASTA

Yield: 4 servings

INGREDIENTS

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 cloves garlic, smashed

2 tomatoes

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

pinch red pepper flakes

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

2 bay leaves

1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh thyme

1 pound fresh Gulf shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails left on

1 cup seafood stock (I make my own using the shrimp shells but you can use the boxed kind)

1/2 cup white wine (I used a Sauvignon Blanc)

1 lemon, sliced

 1 tablespoon butter

1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley

Hot cooked angel hair or pasta of your choice... I use angel hair because it only takes a few minutes to cook.

DIRECTIONS:

Cook the pasta per package directions to al dente. Set aside.

In a large skillet or saucepan over medium high heat, add the olive oil. Once it is hot, add the smashed cloves of garlic and saute. Tilt the pan to make sure the oil covers the garlic and cook it for 2 minutes to infuse the oil with the garlic flavor. Cut the tops off of the tomatoes and crush them with your hand into the pan, squeezing all the juice from them. Add salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, bay leaves and oregano. Break the tomatoes into small pieces and cook for one minute. Add the wine and the stock. Bring to a boil and cook for 2 minutes. Check the seasoning. You may need to add a bit more salt and pepper. Add the shrimp and allow them to cook for 2 minutes. Squeeze the lemon halves over the shrimp and drop both halves into the pan.  Flip the shrimp and cook another 2-3 minutes on the other side or just until the shrimp turn pink. Remove from heat. Add the butter. Cover and let stand for 2 minutes. Drain the pasta and toss with the shrimp and sauce. Add the parsley and some Parmesan, if desired.

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EVENTS: ALABAMA OYSTER HAPPY HOUR RAISES FUNDS FOR MY CHEFS CYCLE RIDE!

DID I ACTUALLY SAY I WOULD RIDE A BICYCLE 300 MILES IN 3 DAYS? WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME?

Let me start out by saying that even though I have not ridden a bike in 20 something years, when my friend Jason Roberts called me out to ride for his annual Chefs Cycle bike ride to raise money for No Kid Hungry, I said yes immediately. I said yes because there should not be children who go hungry in America and if riding a bike will help bring awareness and raise money to help, I felt like I should try. Jason has brought chefs from around the USA together to ride from Carmel to Santa Barbara for this cause with the goal of raising $1 million dollars to help end childhood hunger in America.

chefs cycle ride no kid hungry 2016

I started training by going to the gym a few times per week. Eventually, I started riding. As of today, I'm riding up to 50 miles.... about 1/2 of what I'll have to ride each day in California.

I am the only chef from Alabama riding... and I'm still a bit from my goal so several of my food friends are helping me with the final push before I depart. Please come out and join us on Wednesday, June 22nd from 5PM-9PM for a special HAPPY HOUR OYSTER SOCIAL at Five Point Public House and Oyster Bar.  Money from the evening's festivities will be donated to my ride. Here are the details:

WHAT: HAPPY HOUR OYSTER TASTING & BEER PAIRING

You'll sample oysters provided by Alabama Gulf Seafood, Steel City Seafood, and Bon Secour Fisheries from some of lower Alabama's best and most highly acclaimed oyster farms: Point Aux Pins, Isle Dauphine, and Massacre Island Oyster Ranch. Our oysters are having a moment right now; you'll find them in the best restaurants around the country. Come taste what the fuss is all about! My friends from Back Forty Beer Company will be there and we'll suggest pairings with the different oysters. There will be giveaways, swag, and a signed copy of my cookbook, Birmingham's Best Bites for each guest who donates to my ride.

WHERE: 5 POINT PUBLIC HOUSE & OYSTER BAR  located on the Southside at 1210 20th Street South Birmingham, Alabama.

WHEN: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2016 FROM 5PM-9PM

No tickets required. Donations will gladly be accepted and a percentage of all sales will be donated to No Kid Hungry by Chef Reis.

Brad from Back Forty Beer, Chef George Reis from Ocean and 5 Point Public House Oyster Bar, Jason from Oyster Obsession, and Chef Jim Smith from Alabama Gulf Seafood helped raise money for my No Kid Hungry/Chefs Cycle ride.

Brad from Back Forty Beer, Chef George Reis from Ocean and 5 Point Public House Oyster Bar, Jason from Oyster Obsession, and Chef Jim Smith from Alabama Gulf Seafood helped raise money for my No Kid Hungry/Chefs Cycle ride.

UPDATE: HOORAY!!!! WE RAISED OVER $1,000 FOR NO KID HUNGRY WITH THIS EVENT. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO ATTENDED AND TO MY GOOD FRIEND JASON AT OYSTER-OBSESSION.COM FOR HELPING GET THE WORD OUT. A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO 5 POINT PUBLIC HOUSE OYSTER BAR AND STAFF, CHEF REIS, ALABAMA GULF SEAFOOD, BACK FORTY BEER, BON SECOUR FISHERIES, STEEL CITY SEAFOOD, POINT AUX PINS, MASSACRE ISLAND, AND ISLE DAUPHIN OYSTERS AND RED MOUNTAIN RADIO FOR MAKING IT ALL POSSIBLE.

CALIFORNIA, HERE I COME!

Martie Duncan for No Kid Hungry
Ready for the Alabama Oyster Happy Hour with Birmingham's Best Bites cookbooks to give away!
Alabama Farmed Oysters showcased at the Alabama Oyster Happy Hour included: Point Aux Pins, Massacre Island Oyster Ranch, and Isle Dauphine.

Alabama Farmed Oysters showcased at the Alabama Oyster Happy Hour included: Point Aux Pins, Massacre Island Oyster Ranch, and Isle Dauphine.