Sauteed Shrimp with Thai Spiced Eggplant and Thai Red Curry Sauce
- 2 tablespoons cooking oil
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 12 large shrimp, peeled, deveined, tail on
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- Thai Spiced Eggplant, heated, recipe follows
- Thai Red Curry Sauce, heated, recipe follows
- Basil leaves, chiffonade
- Thai Red Curry Sauce:
- 2 tablespoons peanut oil
- 4 -inch piece ginger skin on, sliced and smashed
- 1 large lemon grass, white part only, about 4-inch piece, smashed
- 1 (2-inch) piece galangal, peeled and chopped
- 2 dried red Thai chiles
- 2 teaspoons cumin powder
- 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
- 2 teaspoons red Thai curry paste
- 1/4 cup tomato concassee
- 2 cups unsweetened coconut milk
- 2 to 3 tablespoons lime juice
- 2 to 3 tablespoons fish sauce
- 1/2 cup Kaffir lime leaves
- 1 cup Thai basil leaves
- Salt and sugar, to taste
- Thai Spiced Eggplant:
- 1 Globe eggplant, or 4 Chinese eggplants
- 2 tablespoons peanut oil, divided
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 teaspoon minced jalapeno
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon minced ginger
- 1 tablespoon minced white onion
- 1/4 cup tomato concasse
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1/2 tablespoon cumin powder
- 1/2 tablespoon coriander powder
- Salt and ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon chiffonade cilantro
- 1 tablespoon chiffonade Thai basil
In a large saute pan, over high heat combine the oil and butter. Saute the shrimp until they are just pink, about 3 to 4 minutes, and season with salt and pepper. To serve, place 1/4 cup of the Thai Spiced Eggplant in the center of a plate. Arrange 3 of the sauteed shrimp on top and nap with 1/4 cup of the sauce. Garnish with chiffonade of basil leaves.Thai Red Curry Sauce:
In a medium saucepan, over high heat, add the peanut oil and stir fry the ginger, lemon grass and galangal. Cook until glossy and aromatic, stirring constantly, about 2 minutes. Add the Thai chiles and stir-fry another 30 seconds. Add the cumin, paprika, red Thai curry paste and tomato. Cook another 1 to 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Deglaze the saucepan with coconut milk and bring mixture to a boil. Lower heat to a simmer, add the lime juice, fish sauce, lime leaves and basil. Allow to simmer for 10 minutes and reduce slightly.
Season, to taste, with salt and sugar. Remove from heat and steep for 20 minutes. Strain and use as needed.
Yield: about 1 cup, 4 servingsThai Spiced Eggplant:
Preheat a grill. With a fork, poke eggplant several times. Rub with 1 tablespoon of peanut oil. Grill until completely tender. Remove pulp from the charred skin and roughly chop the pulp.
In a medium saute pan, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon peanut oil and butter. Over medium heat, saute the jalapeno, garlic, ginger, and onion until glossy and aromatic, about 2 minutes. Add the tomato and eggplant pulp. Stir until well blended. Add the sugar, cumin, and coriander. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper. Cook over low heat for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Taste and correct seasoning with salt and pepper. Turn off heat and stir in cilantro and Thai basil. Use as needed.
Yield: about 1 cup, 4 servings
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