Thursday, April 10, 2014

Shrimp and Broccoli with Peanut Noodles @LucyBurdette

LUCY BURDETTE: Last Saturday was going to be a very busy day--including Tonka's participation in the charity Dog Wash to benefit the SPCA. He didn't enjoy the experience nearly as much as I did:)--though the dog washers couldn't have been more solicitous. 

The day would be capped off by the Final Four basketball game, featuring our beloved UConn Huskies. We were having a friend over for dinner, too, so I needed to make something nice but quick enough to finish off during halftime so I wouldn't miss a minute of the game.

I am crazy for sesame and peanut noodles, and always in search of the best recipe. My sister-in-law is famous for her noodles, which I will bring to you another day. I also love this recipe, which was adapted from one I found in Bon Appetit. Then I spotted another version in The Baker Upstairs, and I thought I could tweak it to suit my purpose, including shrimp and broccoli--fast and delicious!

8 ounces good quality pasta
1/2 cup chicken broth
3 tablespoons natural peanut butter
1/2 - 1 teaspoons sriracha sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons honey
3 tablespoons soy sauce
2-inch piece of fresh ginger
2 cloves garlic
6 green onions, chopped
chopped peanuts for garnish
fresh lime juice to taste

5-6 large shrimp per person, cleaned and marinated for an hour in 1 tsp sesame oil and a teaspoon hot sauce (or to taste)

1 large stalk broccoli, trimmed and cut into small branches

To make the sauce, saute the ginger, garlic and green onions in a little olive oil for 1-2 minutes. Add the broth, peanut butter, hot sauce, honey, and soy sauce and stir over low heat until combined. Squeeze in 1/2 lime and taste to see if it's spicy enough for you. That can be done ahead of time.

Fifteen minutes before you plan to serve dinner, drop the pasta into boiling water. Three minutes from the end, add the broccoli to the pasta water. When broccoli and pasta are tender, drain them and place in a large bowl. Add the sauce and stir to coat.

Meanwhile, in a frying pan, saute the shrimp for 3-5 minutes until pink. Serve the shrimp next to the broccoli and pasta, and turn your attention to the big game! (The pasta should be garnished with chopped peanuts, and maybe next time I'd add some chopped cilantro too.)

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  1. That does sound delicious and simple. I like the idea of cooking the broccoli in with the pasta. Very efficient.
    Do you mince the ginger?

  2. Yes I did mince the ginger. The only tricky thing about cooking the pasta with the broccoli is getting timing right:)

  3. This sounds yummy. I am always looking for a good peanut noodles recipe (especially since Cheesecake Factory took Thai pasta noodles off their menu). This sounds delicious and lighter too. And how did I live before I discovered sriracha?

  4. Now I want this for dinner, and I have a pork tenderloin defrosting!

  5. Sesame noodles are a guilty pleasure for me, and this looks like a wonderfully healthy way to enjoy them. Thanks for sharing, Lucy/Roberta, and I love the pic of Tonka's bath!

  6. This really looks good. My kids think I should write a book on oriental restaurants I've eat at with pleasure. Making it at home is even better!!

    1. Sounds like a fun idea Ronna. Sometimes it's hard to duplicate food from an Asian restaurant, but these were very good!

  7. Hmm. Blogger ate my comment! But I want to eat that delicious meal. It looked wonderful, Lucy. My sympathies to your pooch. Such torture



    1. He did get treats from several of the dog washers though MJ:) xo

  8. Lucy, my husband will adore this! Many of his favorite foods! Thanks. And doggies and car washes - hm, not always a perfect match. LOL

    Daryl / Avery

    1. Hope he enjoys it Daryl! Your puppy would have been a big hit too:)

  9. Poor Tonka! He looks like he behaved admirably, though.

    What a luscious dinner. I envy all that fresh shrimp!