Recipe courtesy of Scott Leibfried

Basil Poached Shrimp

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 35 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Inactive: 10 min
  • Cook: 10 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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Ingredients

5 pounds shrimp, raw peeled and deviened

2 lemons cut in 1/2

2 cups white wine

1 parsley sprig

10 white peppercorns

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Water

Ice water (to shock the shrimp)

Basil pesto, recipe follows

Directions

  1. Put the shrimp, lemons, white wine, parsley, and peppercorns in a large pot. Season with some salt and cover with cold tap water. Bring to a boil. As soon as the shrimp reaches a boil remove from the heat, strain the water, and plunge the shrimp into the ice water to stop the cooking. Allow the shrimp to chill for about 10 minutes.
  2. After shrimp are cooled strain the water and toss the shrimp with the pesto, season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Basil Pesto:

  1. 2 cups basil leaves
  2. 1 tablespoon toasted pine nuts
  3. 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  4. 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
  5. Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  6. Put all ingredients in a food processor and pulse a few times to blend the pesto. Do not blend until completely smooth, leave it a little rough.

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