Sunday, June 10, 2012

Shrimp Francesca

by Riley Adams/Elizabeth Craig
I'm so excited to be back on the Mystery Lovers' Kitchen today! Hope everyone is having a happy June so far.

Here we are, heading into summer, and I thought I'd share one of my favorite things about summer--shrimp. This is the time of year when my family escapes to the beach to find fresh seafood and fun.
One of my new favorite recipes features two of my favorite foods--shrimp and artichoke. And the nicest thing about this recipe is how easy it is and quick to cook. If it's summer, the last thing you want to do is spend a lot of time in the kitchen! I'd rather spend time under the porch fan, reading.

I've got a new series--the Southern Quilting mysteries, written under my name (Elizabeth Craig). The first book, Quilt or Innocence, released on June 5th. But this protagonist, unlike Lulu in the Memphis Barbeque series, isn't much of a cook. Beatrice has lived by herself for a while and has sort of fallen out of the habit of cooking, since cooking isn't as much fun for one person. She's just moved to the same town as her daughter, though, and is trying to get back into the kitchen again. This is a recipe that I think even Beatrice could handle!

This recipe is adapted from contributor milonek's recipe on Allrecipes. You might even want to double it....not that it doesn't make enough, but because you'll want to eat the whole thing, yourself! You can serve it over angel hair pasta or brown rice. The tastes just meld together beautifully.

Shrimp Francesca
1 ½ lbs uncooked shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 can artichokes in water
½ cup butter
¼ cup white wine
1 T minced garlic
Half a lemon, juiced
1/2 cup Panko
1 T fresh parsley
¼ cup shredded Parmesan

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease a 9 x 13 baking dish. Arrange shrimp on the bottom of the dish. Squeeze water out of the artichokes and cut artichoke into pieces. Arrange the artichoke between the shrimp.

Sauté the garlic in butter and wine. Mix Panko and parsley together, then sprinkle over the shrimp. Drizzle the lemon juice over all, then drizzle with the butter and wine mixture. Top with the Parmesan cheese. Bake uncovered at 400 degrees until the shrimp is opaque, about 15 minutes.

Hope you'll enjoy it! Are you a shrimp lover like I am? What's your favorite summer food?
Quilt or Innocence, now on the shelves. :)

A Southern Quilting Mystery series is set in the small mountain village of Dappled Hills, North Carolina, where Beatrice Coleman—a retired art museum curator—becomes a gifted amateur sleuth.
As the newest member of the Village Quilters Guild, Beatrice has a lot of gossip to catch up on—especially with the Patchwork Cottage quilt shop about to close. It seems that Judith, the landlord everyone loves to hate, wants to raise the rent, despite being a quilter herself...

But when Judith is found dead, the harmless gossip becomes an intricate patchwork of mischievous motives. And it’s up to Beatrice’s expert eye to decipher the pattern and catch the killer, before her life gets sewn up for good.


  1. Thanks for hosting me at the Kitchen today, y'all! It's fun to be back and see everybody. :)

  2. We've missed you! And congratulations on the wonderful new series!

  3. so good to have you here--this looks delicious!!

  4. Thanks so much, Wendy!

    Lucy--It's great to be here!

    Dru--I think it's pretty tasty!

  5. Welcome, Elizabeth! It's always great to have you back. One of my dearest friends can't get enough artichokes or shrimp. I think I'll have to make this for her the next time she visits!

    Best of luck with the new series! I love that colorful cover!

    ~ Krista

  6. Welcome back, Elizabeth aka Riley. :) Love the recipe, and your new series sounds delightful. I know you earned a fabulous review this week! I've gone over to Amazon and hit "like."

    ~Avery aka Daryl

  7. Krista --Shrimp and artichoke are the best! Congratulations on your new release! I love your cover, too. :)

  8. Elizabeth (Riley)!!! – I’m so excited to see you back in Mystery Lovers' Kitchen! I'm with you on summer and seafood. The Shrimp Francesca looks so easy and delicious. (With butter, wine, garlic, and shrimp, what’s not to love?!) Thank you for sharing it with us today, and big congrats on the launch of your brand new mystery series. You write with such warmth and wit about your Southern roots. I just know QUILT OR INNOCENCE (love the title) is going to be a winning read and the start of a bestselling series. Warmest wishes and have a great "new release" summer!

    ~ Cleo

  9. Avery --Love the a.k.a! And thanks. :) That reviewer was very sweet and so are you!

    Cleo --I'm delighted to be here! Thanks so much for the kind words...I love writing about the south. And this recipe is super quick and easy....hope you'll give it a go!

  10. I'll have to try this! My daughter's name is Francesca!

  11. Peg--Hope you will! What a pretty name. :) Enjoy!