Nonna Luna’s Rice and Shrimp

by Jenn on July 25, 2009

in Gluten Free,Pastas and Grains,Seafood

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Giada De Laurentiis is one of my favorite celebrity chefs, because she emphasizes flavor over everything else.  That and I have yet to find Italian food I don’t like.  While I was watching her show the other day, her aunt appeared as a guest  and they made her grandmother’s famous rice dish.  Rice is “toasted” in butter and cooked in broth, and shrimp is served in a decadent butter and cream sauce over the rice.  If nothing else, remember this rice.  The buttery al dente rice is out of this world!

To give the dish a little bit more color and some added flavor, I also added in scallions, banana peppers, and bell pepper, which went wonderfully.  I also switched out the white parboiled rice for brown rice, because I love the flavor of brown rice so much better! I was a little dismayed to read on the comments for the site that so many people had issues with the dish, because I thought it was fantastic.  A lot of people said it was too lemony, and that it was silly to call lemon a secret ingredient because it was so overpowering.  In the end, I could barely taste the lemon, so I can definitely see why she called it a “secret ingredient”.  The dish would have been a lot less without the lemon, but its flavor definitely played in the background in the final dish for me.

My only real critique is that 1/2 lb. of shrimp is a very large serving per person, especially if this dish is not your only dish in your meal.  So depending on your situation/how hungry you are, you may want to alter how much you are making.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Cate July 25, 2009 at 3:10 am

I can’t watch Giada’s show because she gets on my nerves, but she does have some fantastic recipes! I would love to try this…and I love that it uses brown rice.

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Molly Jean July 25, 2009 at 3:40 am

I can’t decide what is more delicious… the recipe or the photo.

BOTH LOOK FABULOUS!

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stacy July 25, 2009 at 6:03 am

Yum! I wish I had made this for dinner tonight. I wouldn’t have thought to add banana peppers, though! Was it spicy, or did the cream balance the spices pretty well?

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zoe July 26, 2009 at 3:34 pm

That rice sounds divine. I will try it tonight!

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Jenn July 25, 2009 at 12:03 pm

It had a little bit of kick from the hot sauce and red pepper flakes – you could totally add more or less of either though to suit your tastes.

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