Rustic, fresh, simple and bursting with flavor. It's a healthy and verrrry easy dinner to make on a weeknight. The main course is Spicy Sauteed Shrimp and the side dish is roasted potates and Cippolini onions. This basically roasts itself in the oven and comes out all carmelized, sweet and savory. Comfort food with no guilt! Add a crisp, green salad (see my recipe for Christmas Salad) and you are all set. :)
Rosemary Roasted Potatoes and Onions
2 pounds new potatoes (white, red, or Yukon gold), scrubbed and halved
1 pound cippolini onions, blanched & peeled
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons dried rosemary
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Meanwhile, boil a small pot of water on stovetop. When boiling, drop in onions and blanch for about 1 minute. This will loosen the skin so you can peel them very easily. Otherwise you end up taking half the onion off with the skin. ;)
2. Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix it up with your hands. Spread the mixture in a single layer on a baking sheet (foil-lined for easy clean-up!). Bake until the potatoes and onions are golden brown and cooked through, about 40 minutes.
You can reheat these leftovers in a preheated 400-degree oven for 10-15 minutes.
While potatoes are roasting, you can prepare a green salad and prep your ingredients for the shrimp. Have it all by the stove so it’s ready to cook. Begin cooking the shrimp when you pull the potatoes out of the oven to cool a bit. The shrimp only takes 3-5 minutes!
2 pounds jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 lemon, juiced
1-2 handfuls of chopped flat-leaf parsley
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
4 cloves garlic, crushed and peeled
Coarse salt, about 1 teaspoon
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Set a frying pan on medium-hot and then add the half the contents of bowl to the pan. Cook shrimp for 3 minutes until pink and just firm. Cook second batch the same way.
This shrimp dish also tastes delish atop a nice bowl of Pasta Aglio Olio!