Recently I was browsing through some of the posts in here, when I happened upon one which had recipes in it. As I read them over I found two very good entrees. The first one is called Red Flannel Hash. Even though it seems a bit different that is the great thing about cooking is trying new combinations and flavors. I actually can’t wait to try it my self. The second one is a soup it a Portuguese style tomato and shrimp it too looks delicious.
The only problem I have had these last few years (part of this time was as a cook/saucier/sous chef)is, somewhere along the way someone [probably a great chef (you know the kind everyone wants to mimic) with little manners] decided it was a good idea to leave the tails on the shrimp while cooking and then serving them. This is in whatever form whether it be in a soup, stew, rice dish, or with a sauce ala Alfredo for example. To me personally the idea of having to pull the tails off before I can eat my shrimp is annoying. It is messy, in an effort not to get it all over your hands you use your knife and fork. Or…at the risk of looking like a redneck you use your fingers and just pull the tails off before eating. Which results in getting it all over your fingers. Of course if the sauce is good you don’t mind licking it off your fingers. However, if you are on a date (first or blind) you may not want to look like a slob. Last but not least, suppose you are eating a soup and as you bite into the shrimp you notice you are pulling tail shell out of your mouth MMMMMM!!!!! YUMMY!!!!! My solution, ready chefs? Pull the tails off before cooking. I know the extra minute or two could put you behind. To those of you that think this or think it is too much effort on your part there is a fast food restaurant with your name on it.
One more thing, if you are going to pre-cook the shrimp, cool them down, and then re-add them to the dish later. You might as well use pre-cooked shrimp at the store and save yourself the trouble of the cooking. I am a FIRM believer that the greatest flavor is achieved when you cook the shrimp in with the seasonings, veggies, sauce, whatever you are making. No!!! This does not mean you put the shrimp in first. Everyone knows they cook really quick, so they are probably the last ingredient you add. Please by all means add them raw let them soak up the flavor.