Wednesday, November 5, 2003
Bite with Belkys: Barbecued Shrimp and Rosemary Biscuits
He's one of the most famous chefs on TV and he just opened a restaurant right here in South Florida. And tonight -- we're kicking it up a notch with 'Emeril' -- Making a mouth watering dish. Time to grab a special Bite With Belkys.
The Dish: Barbecued Shrimp and Rosemary Biscuits
The Chef: Emeril Lagasse
The Restaurant: Emeril's Miami Beach at the Loews Hotel
1601 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Makes 4 to 6 servings
2 pounds medium (21-24 count) raw shrimp in their shells
1 tablespoon Emeril's Original Essence or Creole Seasoning
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
¼ cup Barbecue Sauce Base
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
12 Rosemary Biscuits
1 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
Peel and devein the shrimp, leaving only their tails attached. (Reserve the shells, if desired, to make the shrimp stock.) Season the shrimp with the Essence and black pepper, tossing to coat evenly. Cover and refrigerate while making the sauce base and biscuits.
Heat the oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add the seasoned shrimp and cook, stirring, until they begin to turn pink, about 2 minutes. Add the cream and barbecue sauce. Reduce the heat to medium-high and simmer, stirring, until reduced by half, about 3 minutes. Transfer the shrimp to a platter with tongs. Gradually whisk the butter into the sauce. Remove from the heat.
Place 2 or 3 biscuits on each plate. Divide the shrimp among the biscuits and top each serving with 1/3 to ½ cup of the sauce. Serve immediately.
Barbecue Sauce Base
Makes about ½ cup
1 tablespoon olive oil
½ cup finely chopped yellow onions
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
3 bay leaves
1 tablespoon minced garlic
3 lemons, peeled, white pith removed, and quartered
½ cup dry white wine
2 cups Shrimp Stock
1 cup Worcestershire sauce
Heat the olive oil in a medium, heavy saucepan over medium high heat. Add the onions, salt, pepper, and bay leaves, and cook, stirring, until the onions are soft, about 2 minutes. Add the garlic, lemons, and white wine, and cook for 2 minutes. Add the shrimp stock and Worcestershire sauce and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until the sauce is reduced to ½-cup, about 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Strain the sauce through a fine mesh strainer, pressing on the solids with the back of a spoon. Set aside until needed. (The sauce base can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 3 days, or frozen for up to 2 months.)
Makes 12 mini-biscuits
1 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
½ to ¾ cup buttermilk
1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Sift the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Work the butter into the flour with your fingers or a fork until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add ½ cup of the buttermilk, a little at a time, using your hands, to work it in just until thoroughly incorporated and a smooth ball of dough forms. Add up to an additional 1/4 cup buttermilk if the mixture is too dry, being very careful not to overwork or over-handle the dough, or the biscuits will be tough.
On a lightly floured surface, pat the dough into a circle about 7-inches in diameter and ½-inch thick. Using a 1-inch round cookie cutter, cut out 12 biscuits.
Place the biscuits on a large baking sheet. Bake until golden on top and lightly brown on the bottom, 10 to 12 minutes. Serve warm.
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