Saturday, August 25, 2012

Ina Garten: Shrimp Salad

They have this amazing shrimp salad at Central Market that I just fawn over.  Notice I said fawn, and not eat.  Why?  The stuff is something like $17 a pound!  That is some gold-plated shrimp if I ever saw some.  So I figured if I could get some Gulf shrimp on sale for $8 a pound, I was most of the way to a bowl of amazing tender bites of shrimp salad for half the cost.  Done, and done.

Shrimp Salad
Adapted from Ina Garten

3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning
1 lemon cut into quarters
4 pounds large shrimp in the shell (16 to 20 shrimp per pound)
2 cups good mayonnaise
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons white wine or white wine vinegar
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
6 tablespoons minced fresh dill
1 cup minced red onion (1 onion)
3 cups minced celery (6 stalks)

Bring 5 quarts of water, 3 tablespoons salt, Old Bay seasoning, and the lemon to a boil in a large saucepan. Add half the shrimp and reduce the heat to medium. Cook uncovered for only 3 minutes or until the shrimp are barely cooked through. Remove with a slotted spoon to a bowl of cold water. Bring the water back to a boil and repeat with the remaining shrimp. Let cool; then peel, and devein the shrimp.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, mustard, wine or vinegar, 1 teaspoon salt, pepper, and dill. Combine with the peeled shrimp. Add the red onion and celery and check the seasonings. Serve or cover and refrigerate for a few hours.

Makes 12 servings

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