Today’s Sunday Supper post is brought to you by Gallo Family Vineyards and we are focusing on Giving Comfort!
As we get into the holiday season, many people volunteer for various charities such as Meals on Wheels, their local soup kitchens, church groups and countless other charitable groups that bring comfort to those in need. It’s one of the most popular ways to give back to your community this time of year. Even my kids look forward to this! Each year, we donate dry food goods, especially baby foods, formula, milk and cereal to various groups to help out in any way we can. Every person in your family can get involved! Gallo Family Vineyards makes this especially easy with the Every Cork Counts campaign, because from now until December 31, 2014, Gallo Family Vineyards is helping feed families by donating $1 to the Meals on Wheels Association of America for every one of their wine corks that you send back to them! You can even just send them a picture of one of their corks to participate! How easy is that? Enjoy a bottle of wine, snap a photo and you are helping someone receive a meal this holiday season!
In our family, there are lots of foods that bring comfort, but the one that really makes everyone swoon, sing and dance is pasta! We can really indulge in spaghetti, which everyone contributes to in one way or another (i.e. picking the ingredients, peeling veggies, choosing the pasta shape, etc) or even something that’s a little more “special” where we make the sauce from scratch and pair it with our favorite seafood, shrimp!
On a busy, cold day it’s nice to be able to stand in front of the stove with a few great ingredients and make an especially comforting but special dish that makes dining a quiet event for the evening because everyone is too busy enjoying their food to say much of anything. With that in mind, we bring you our White Wine Cream Sauce Poached Shrimp recipe!
This is a great one for the kiddos to help out with, if you’ve got any – I’m afraid your four-legged friends will be of little help with the prep but great in the keeping you company department. And if you have a spouse lurking about, keep an eye on the wine, you are going to need a bit for the sauce and don’t forget to pour yourself a glass while stuck at the stove – call it a chef’s treat, you’re welcome! And if you want to enjoy a glass with your dish (which would complement the sauce perfectly,… just sayin’), you might as well just hide that bottle of wine from your spouse until dinnertime!
When it comes to wine, we aren’t shy using it to cook with, especially since this Pinot Grigio from Gallo Family Vineyards, has these lovely hints of green apple and white peach that go so well with shrimp that we enjoy as a family!
Ok, back to the kiddos! Emily, the two-year-old, is responsible for picking the pasta shape and getting out the pots and pans while Mei (three-years-old) works on locating and retrieving ingredients from the fridge and freezer. With every meal, we make sure there is some vegetable and when in doubt, toss in a handful of peas –I’ll add peas to anything! Not only does the pop of color make the meal more enticing but peas are just darned yummy and the girls can never get enough of them! The girls also get to work on the shrimp – this time we chose shrimp that are already cleaned with the shells off, but most times, its less expensive to buy the shrimp that aren’t cleaned or shelled yet and the girls really enjoy helping out, so not only does it save money but it builds a skill for them at the same time and they are proud to help out with the meal!
This sauce is really easy and comes together fairly quickly, lending for an easy dish at the end of a busy day and one of the highlights for me, is the small amount of clean-up at the end, only two pots, a saucepan and the stock pot for boiling the pasta! Many people enjoy sautéing the shrimp in a different pan with various seasonings, but letting the shrimp poach directly in the sauce means that the shrimp soaks up the rich buttery flavor of the sauce with all of its wine, garlic, onion and cheese and it also helps to prevent over-cooking your shrimp. Can’t go wrong there! This is a great one for entertaining, although I’d suggest you pick up an extra bottle or two so everyone has wine to enjoy with this luscious dish and don’t forget to snap a picture of your cork or send it in for the Every Cork Counts campaign!! That means you are not only feeding your family and guests, but contributing to meals for others in need too! What a sweet way to end a wonderful meal!
INGREDIENTS: serves 4-6 people
- 2 TBS Butter
- 4 cloves of Garlic, minced
- 1 Red Onion, finely diced
- 1.5 Cups Gallo Family Vineyards Pinot Grigio
- 2 Cups Heavy Cream, at room temperature
- 1/2 Lemon
- 2 Cups Parmesan Cheese, grated
- 1/2 lb of Uncooked Shrimp, peeled, de-veined, rinsed & thawed
- 1 Cup Frozen Peas
- 1 lb of Uncooked Pasta, cooked to specifications on box
- Salt & Pepper, to taste
- Parsley, minced for garnish
In a saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Once the butter has melted, add the onion and sauté for 3-5 minutes until the onion is soft and translucent. Add the garlic and cook for about two minutes until softened and fragrant. Add the wine to this mixture, allowing it to simmer until reduced by half.
Once the wine has reduced, add the cream slowly while whisking constantly until it is all incorporated.
Start cooking your pasta according to the specifications on the box at this point. Add the Parmesan cheese slowly, whisking until it is completely melted and incorporated into the sauce, this should thicken the sauce considerably. Add a squeeze or two of lemon juice, taking care not to let any seeds drop into your sauce. Turn the heat down to a simmer, taste and adjust the flavor of the sauce by adding salt and pepper. We always add more pepper than salt and if you find that the wine is too tangy for your taste, feel free to add a pinch or two of sugar to get the balance in the sauce that you enjoy.
Once your sauce tastes just right, carefully add the shrimp, taking care to drain any briny water left in the bowl. *I like to rinse the shrimp one last time just before adding it to the sauce, piece by piece so none of the briny water gets in there. You can also pat it dry if you like, but that is a relatively unnecessary step.* Poach the shrimp in the sauce for 5-8 minutes until each piece of shrimp is pink and curled in on itself.
Serve immediately over freshly cooked pasta and sprinkle with extra grated Parmesan cheese and a sprinkle of minced parsley and enjoy!
Don’t forget to save those corks to help end senior hunger! For the 5th year, Gallo Family Vineyards’ Every Cork Counts program invites Americans to send back their corks to benefit the Meals On Wheels Association of America. For very cork collected Gallo donates $1 for Meals on Wheels!
Here are all of the other delicious comfort food recipes the Sunday Supper family has cooked up for you!
Comforting Appetizers and Beverages:
- Acorn Squash Cheese Spread with Spinach and Artichokes by Ruffles & Truffles
- Pomegranate Mulled Wine by The Messy Baker
Comforting Entrees, Soups, and Stews:
- Beef and Mushroom Pot Pie by Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen
- Beef Goulash by Magnolia Days
- Beef Stew with Puff Pastry by Peanut Butter and Peppers
- Cheesy French Onion Soup by Life Tastes Good
- Chicken and Corn Chowder by The Girl In the Little Red Kitchen
- Chicken Parmesan Panini by Casa de Crews
- Classic Swiss Fondue by Kudos Kitchen by Renee
- French Onion Soup au Gratin Stuffed Meatloaf by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Johnny Marzetti by NeighborFood
- Roasted Brussels Sprouts Flatbread by Family Foodie
- White Wine Cream Sauce Poached Shrimp by A Mama, Baby & Shar-pei in the Kitchen
Comforting Side Dishes:
- Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Parmesan and Dates by Shockingly Delicious
- Stuffed Acorn Squash by Jelly Toast
Comforting Brunch, Desserts, and Sweets:
- Baked Pumpkin French Toast by Alida’s Kitchen
- Cheese Cake Bites with Red Wine Chocolate Sauce by Momma’s Meals
- Dark Chocolate Red Wine Cake with Red Wine Raspberry Sauce by Daily Dish Recipes
- Gooey Autumn Spice Brownie Cups by Desserts Required
- Pear Streusel Coffee Cake by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
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