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Easy Eats: Cajun Shrimp Scampi and Blackened Skirt Steak

Tuesday is Fat Tuesday and Wednesday is Valentine's Day, so if you need a good recipe, here's one that will fit the bill for both!

It's a romantic Surf N' Turf with a little Cajun flare as a homage to Mardi Gras in New Orleans.

Here's the recipe from Chef 'Uncle' Joe Wickel from LCCC. 

Uncle Joe's Mardi Gras Cajun Shrimp Scampi and Blackened Skirt Steak

Ingredients:

- 4 tablespoons butter
- 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
- 2 shallots, finely diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- pinch red pepper flakes, optional
- 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
- kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- juice of 1 lemon
- 1/4 cup finely chopped parsley leaves
- 2 tbls Cajun seasoning

Directions: 

1. For the pasta, put a large pot of water on the stove to boil. When it has come to the boil, add a couple of tablespoons of salt and the linguini. Stir to make sure the pasta separates; cover. When the water returns to a boil, cook for about 6 to 8 minutes or until the pasta is not quite done. Drain the pasta.

2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, melt 2 tablespoons butter in 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium-high heat. Sauté the shallots, garlic, and red pepper flakes (if using) until the shallots are translucent, about 3 to 4 minutes. Coat the shrimp with Cajun seasoning; add them to the pan and cook until they have turned pink, about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove the shrimp from the pan; set aside and keep warm. Add wine and lemon juice and bring to a boil. Add 2 tablespoons butter and 2 tablespoons oil. When the butter has melted, return the shrimp to the pan along with the parsley and cooked pasta. Stir well and season with salt and pepper. Drizzle over a bit more olive oil and serve immediately.

Recipe for skirt steak

- 2 tbls extra virgin olive oil
- 2 to 3 tbls blackening spice

Drizzle olive oil over steak and rub blackening spice into meat, let marinade at least half hour. Heat iron skillet over medium to medium high heat and place skirt steak in pan and slightly press down to create sear. For medium rare, cook for three minutes. Flip steak and cook for an additional three minutes. Let meat rest about 10 minutes, then cut against the grain. Enjoy!


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