Thai Pesto Shrimp and Rice Noodles
As I have mentioned before I read food magazines, cook books, blogs for inspiration and ideas. I gotta say Rachael Ray continues to surprise me with her recipes and ideas. They are often super easy but deliver on flavor as if they are twice as complicated. She can be campy and I don’t really watch her shows but I do subscribe to her magazine.
First off, I am not a huge shrimp fan but I saw this dish in her magazine that caught my eye. It wasn’t the picture or the title but one of ingredients. Peanut butter. I make this peanut thai chicken or turkey dish that I just love and it uses peanut butter paired with vinegars, soy and Sriracha. Jill likes noodle dishes and given it’s rice noodles and GF, I knew she would dig it too.
This dish was pretty darn good. It just works so perfectly together. Sweet from the peanut butter, fresh from the basil and cilantro, spice from Sriracha and then the texture of those noodles and shrimp. Comfort in a bowl. For those cooking for kiddos or boring palate friends/family/mates this could be a good one to use. You could sub chicken for shrimp but try not too unless you just hate shrimp. If you mildly like it, stay with it.
One note, I bought a bag of chopped kale and brussels sprouts to add but forgot it. I think it would be a great addition for more crunch. RR used iceberg lettuce in hers.
1 lbs of fresh shrimp (shelled, cleaned and split into half)
8 oz of Rice Noodles (find them in the asian section of your market)
Finely chopped kale, iceberg for some crunch
1/2 cup of cilantro tops
1/2 cup of Thai basil (regular can be used too)
4 Thai chilies (seeded and spined)
3 cloves of garlic
1 inch of minced ginger
1/4 cup of Peanut Butter softened in microwave
1/4 of canola oil
2 tbs of fish sauce (extra splashes for the shrimp)
Juice of 1 lime
1 tbs of Sriracha (more if you want. I topped my bowl with the extra)
1 glug of soy
1 tbs of brown sugar
Reserve some noodle water in case you need to thin it out.
1. Three basic steps..noodles, pesto and shrimp. Clean and peel your shrimp. Cut into two pieces vertically. Wash them and then add them to a medium heated skillet with a few splashes of fish sauce. They will turn pink and will curl up. They look ugly I know. Set aside to cool.
2. Cook your noodles according to the package and then wash them in cold water. Don’t forget to reserve some pasta water in case you need to thin out your sauce.
3. For the pesto add the herbs and fresh ingredients in a food processor and pulse until smooth. Add the peanut butter and then while the food processor is on slowly add your wet ingredients until smooth.
4. To assemble put it all in a low heated pot and stir until coated well. Right before serving if you want to add your lettuce or kale stir it in and serve immediately. It will wilt but you want it fresh as possible.