Step 1: Ingredients
Shrimp 1 1/2 to 2 pounds, fresh or thawed
one jalapeno pepper
1/4 cup of olive oil
1/4 cup of butter (don't skimp, you can taste the difference)
6 to 8 cloves of garlic (or more!)
4 or 5 mushrooms or 8 oz sliced
1/4 cup lemon juice (fresh if possible)
1 teaspoon paprika
Step 2: Let's Get Prepped Here
Start with peeling the shrimp. They need to be peeled and deveined. I like to leave the tails on for informal appetizer parties or friends. It gives you something to grab with your fingers, but its messy at the table.
Put the little guys in the fridge while you get back to the rest.
Mince the garlic. Personally I like the chef's knife for this as the shape offers you the ability to mince without your fingers banging the board, but any sharp knife will do. First slice the cloves thinly, then scoop the slices up in a pile and chop them up fine. Once you've got them all minced, take the flat of the blade and crush them (see photo). This releases the garlic oils and adds more flavor to your sauce. Now scrape them up and put them in a bowl.
At this point I start heating the oils. Put the olive oil and the butter in a pan on medium heat. Use the widest pan you have so the shrimp aren't too layered. Single layer is best if you can. Right now you're just melting the butter and heating the oil.
On to the mushrooms. We're going to slice those up in somewhat thick slices so they don't get too mushy. Maybe a 1/4 inch or so. Set those aside in another bowl.
Mince up the jalapeno. Same as with the garlic but don't mash it. How much of the jalapeno is a call you have to make yourself. The idea here is not to make this a spicy dish, but to just to give it some kick to make it delight the taste buds. Ok, another bowl.
Measure out the paprika to have it ready.
Roll the lemon under your hand. Hard. Squish it around to loosen up the juices. Now slice it in half and squeeze out the juice into a bowl. Run the juice through a sieve or a strainer to remove the seeds. Or just pick 'em out, whichever.
Now we're done with the chores...let's get cooking.
Step 3: Let's Get Cooking
Turn the heat up to medium high and put in the mushrooms. Turn the mushrooms frequently and saute them for a few minutes. Not too long as we don't want too much of the sauce to evaporate, it's way too tasty to waste.
Now we're going to add the shrimp. Carefully, that's hot oil now. Add all the shrimp in and let them warm up then start turning. Turn, turn turn is the song we're singing now. They start getting pink very quickly and we want them all cooking at the same rate so keep flipping the little guys around.
When they're all nicely pink remove the pan from the heat. It'll happen fairly quickly so please don't overcook. Now pour in the lemon juice and sprinkle the paprika over the shrimp. Add some salt and preferably fresh ground pepper. Mix all that up nice and easy and taste your seasonings.
Go ahead and taste another one you've earned it. Grab a hunk of bread and taste again. Just don't spoil your dinner.
If you feel the need to you can add in a little more heat. Cayenne works well as does crushed red peppers. Next time you can use more jalapeno.
Once you've got them where you want them, and I don't mean in your belly, decorate the shrimp with the parsley. Make it look pretty and serve immediately.
Step 4: Serious Grubbing
The different ways of serving this depend on the company and the setting. You can do buffet style in individual bowls or family style by just setting the pan on the table and eating right out of the pan.
I've enjoyed some really nice intimate meals that way with this being the main or sometimes even the only dish. I know, I know, its not a balanced dinner, wait, jalapenos are a vegetable aren't they?
Enjoy your meal and thank you for viewing my instructable! TTFN