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This is the recipe I came up with on the night of the cocktail party. I hadn't decided what to make, I only knew it had to be shrimp and really spicy. This was the result! They make a great main dish too.
Sicilian Style Shrimp
Contributed by: Rossana and Claudio Tarantini
3 tbsp olive oil
3 cloves garlic minced
1 tsp hot chili flakes
1 - 19 oz can diced tomato
2 tsp chili paste
1 tbsp fresh chopped basil
1 tbsp fresh parsley chopped
3 lbs fresh jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined
salt and pepper to taste
In a deep sauté pan or wok, heat olive oil until smoky. Add garlic and diced tomato. Simmer for 5 minutes.
Add chili flakes and simmer 5 minutes more.
Add herbs, chili paste and shrimp and cook over medium heat until shrimp are just done. About 7 - 8 minutes.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
Can be served hot or at room temperature.