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Garlic Butter Tuscan Shrimp
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|2 tablespoons||salted butter|
|6 cloves||garlic, finely diced|
|1 pound (500 g)||shrimp, (or prawns), tails on or off|
|1 small||yellow onion, diced|
|1/2 cup||white wine, (OPTIONAL)|
|5 oz (150 g)||jarred sun dried tomato strips in oil, drained (reserve 1 teaspoon of the jarred oil for cooking)|
|1 3/4 cups||half and half SEE NOTES|
|Salt, to taste|
|pepper, to taste|
|3 cups||baby spinach leaves, washed|
|2/3 cup||fresh grated Parmesan cheese|
|1 teaspoon||cornstarch, (cornflour) mixed with 1 tablespoons of water (optional)***|
|2 teaspoons||dried Italian herbs|
|1 tablespoon||fresh parsley, chopped|
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Melt the butter and add in the garlic and fry until fragrant (about one minute). Add in the shrimp and fry two minutes on each side, until just cooked through and pink. Transfer to a bowl; set aside.
Fry the onion in the butter remaining in the skillet. Pour in the white wine (if using), and allow to reduce to half, while scraping any bits off of the bottom of the pan. Add the sun dried tomatoes and fry for 1-2 minutes to release their flavours.
Reduce heat to low-medium heat, add the half and half and bring to a gentle simmer, while stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper to your taste.
Add in the spinach leaves and allow to wilt in the sauce, and add in the parmesan cheese. Allow sauce to simmer for a further minute until cheese melts through the sauce. (For a thicker sauce, add the milk/cornstarch mixture to the centre of the pan, and continue to simmer while quickly stirring the mixture through until the sauce thickens.)
Add the shrimp back into the pan; sprinkle with the herbs and parsley, and stir through.
Serve over pasta, rice or steamed veg.
Half and half is an American product, made from equal parts light cream and milk. Feel free to use half light cream and half 2% milk (or full fat if not worried about calories and fat counts), in place of half and half. Alternatively, use all light cream or heavy cream. Substitute half and half with almond milk.
If serving with pasta: add in pasta cooked al dente along with 1/4 cup of reserved pasta water into the pan of shrimp once they are cooked. Gently mix through the sauce until combined. Serve immediately.