We cut this indulgent seafood dish down to size.
Makes: 4 servings
Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 20 mins
- 1 1/2 cups brown rice
- 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon unsalted butter
- 1 1/2 pounds large shrimp--cleaned and cut into thirds, shells reserved
- 1 1/3 cups 2 percent milk
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1/4 cup sherry wine
- Salt and pepper
- 1/3 cup finely chopped chives
- In a small saucepan, combine the rice with 1 1/2 cups water. Bring to a boil, cover, lower the heat and simmer until tender, about 20 minutes; fluff with a fork. Cover to keep warm.
- Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, melt 2 teaspoons butter over medium heat. Add the shrimp shells and cook, stirring, until crisp, about 5 minutes. In a small bowl, whisk the milk with the cornstarch, then whisk into the shrimp shells. Bring to a simmer, whisking, then cook for 1 minute. Strain the mixture into a bowl, pressing the shrimp shells to get all the liquid; discard the shells. Wash and dry the saucepan.
- In the saucepan, melt the remaining 2 teaspoons butter over medium-low heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring frequently, until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the flour for 2 minutes. Slowly whisk in the milk mixture and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for 1 minute. Stir in the shrimp and sherry and cook, stirring, until the shrimp is firm, about 2 minutes; season with salt and pepper. Stir in the chives. Serve over the rice.
- Slash sodium by serving the shrimp over brown rice instead of buttered toast.
- Keep the flavor but lose the fat by replacing heavy cream and egg yolks with fresh shrimp broth and milk.
- Shrimp is a good source of low-calorie protein--and it's more affordable than the traditional lobster.