Sunday, May 1, 2011

Shrimp Scampi with Green Onions
and Orzo is speedy, speedy, speedy

While I’ve written about many get-dinner-on-the-table-before-you-can-blink dishes here on Recipes That Worked, Shrimp Scampi with Green Onions and Orzo (click for the recipe) may just hold the record for a great dish in the shortest time.
   I saw the recipe in Bon Appetit magazine about three years ago in a story about dishes that 15 minutes to make.
   They weren’t kidding – this recipe does just take a quarter of an hour to prepare.
   With my husband and I working together, it took even less time. I even had a few minutes to assemble a purchased salad and bake some ready-to-the-oven bread to go with it.
   What’s even more amazing about this dish is that it does have a risotto-like texture as the recipe’s description says, without the risotto time and effort. This is thanks to the buttery sauce that coats the orzo, a small-grain pasta that resembles rice.
   Forget takeout – this recipe has a fresh dinner on the table in less time than it takes to wait for an order or delivery!
   Orzo is boiled until tender but firm to the bite, and is drained and transferred to a large boil.
   Butter is melted in a skillet, and minced garlic, peeled, deveined large shrimp, thinly-sliced green onions (scallions) and shrimp are cooked in it. White wine and more butter is added.
   The shrimp is poured in top of the orzo. Although the recipe doesn’t say to do so, my husband tossed the orzo and the shrimp together.

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