Sometimes, you have to alter what you’re going to make for dinner when you find a good deal at the local grocery store. This is what happened to me yesterday… the store had some beautiful scallops and shrimp on a 50% off sale, so my recipe plan took on a life of its own.
I started with two small packages (each) of scallops and shrimp. I shelled the shrimp, washed the seafood, and then seasoned everything with a dash of soy sauce, herbs de provence, salt, and freshly ground pepper, before letting it sit in the fridge for an hour or so. NOTE: This step isn’t necessarily important… I was bored and wanted to get dinner prep started early.
Once I started cooking, I began by sauteing the seafood in some olive oil. Since I had so much seafood, I did this in two batches to keep the heat up. Once the seafood was cooked through, I removed it all and added a few cups of diced vegetables. I also added a healthy amount of Viognier white wine for flavor. NOTE: If I’d had it around, I would have used either James River Cellars Gewurztraminer or Vidal Blanc… either would be a great background taste for this stew. The vegetables were ones that I had picked up at the salad bar of the grocery store recently, so it was a great way to use up leftovers that needed to be eaten or tossed. While the vegetables were cooking, I decided to cook some pasta to throw into the stew, so I boiled some spaghetti noodles that I broke in half. I added the cooked spaghetti to the vegetables and then also added the seafood back into the stew.
Once the components of the stew were together, I decided to play with the seasonings a bit. I used varying amounts of parmesan cheese, Viognier white wine, a little mozzarella cheese, and bumped up the tastes of the original spices. It was a fun dinner to create and delicious to eat… I added some garlic toasts and called it a night!
Enjoy playing with your spices… they can make a huge difference in the flavor of your final product. Try one new spice at a time and see how it works with your meals and recipes. Have fun with your cooking… after all… it’s just food!