Spanish-Style Garlic Shrimp

Courtesy of Cook's Illustrated, Jan & Feb 2008

I made this for Nate and my first Christmas Eve in our home in Champlin. It was putsy, but delicious. Made it again the following year on New Years Eve. It would have been successful again, but our power went out in the middle of the cooking process. We do have a gas range, but cooking with a flashlight is not ideal!

The dried chiles can be substituted for 1/2 tsp sweet paprika
If you don't have sherry vinegar, use 2 tsp dry sherry and 1 tsp white vinegar

Serves 6 as an appetizer

14 medium garlic cloves, peeled
1 lb (31-40) large shrimp, peeled, deveined and tails removed
8 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
1 bay leaf
1 (2-inch) piece mild dried chile, roughly broken, seeds included
1 1/2 tsp sherry vinegar
1 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley (garnish)

Mince 2 garlic cloves and toss with shrimp, 2 Tbsp olive oil and salt. Let sit for 30 minutes at room temperature.

Meanwhile, use side of knife, smash 4 cloves of garlic and heat in remaining olive oil in skillet over medium-low heat. Stir occasionally until garlic is a light golden brown (4-7 minutes).

Remove pan from heat and allow to cool to room temperature. Use slotted spoon to remove garlic pieces and discard.

Thinly slice remaining 8 cloves and return skillet to low heat. Add sliced garlic, bay leaf and chile. Cook, stirring occasionally until garlic tender but not browned (4-7 minutes). Note: If garlic has not begun to sizzle after 3 minutes, turn heat to medium-low.

Increase heat to medium-low and add shrimp in a single layer. DON'T TOUCH for 2 minutes!/bc o,m';lzaaaaaaaaaaaaaa, (PS that's Baby Girl helping with the blog)
Anyways, don't disturb shrimp for 2 minutes, until oil starts to gently bubble. Using tongs, flip shrimp and continue to cook until shrimp are almost cooked through, about 2 minutes longer.

Increase heat to high and add sherry vinegar and parsley. Cook, stirring constantly through and oil is bubbling vigorously, 15-20 seconds.

Serve immediately.

Crusty bread is highly recommended as a side to dip and enjoy the yummy flavored oil you have just created!

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