Even if you don’t make New Year’s Resolutions, like me, you no doubt have the desire to eat better this year. Nielsen-Massey pure vanilla extracts aren’t just for baking. They can be a part of your commitment to eating well in 2012. They add flavor without adding fat and calories to sweet and savory dishes alike. Chef’s at renowned destination spas have known tricks like this for years. Try the Pure Mexican Vanilla Extract in this mexican-inspired shrimp dish and you’ll be eating spa-like cuisine in no time.
Spicy Tequila Shrimp
1/4 cup tequila
2 teaspoons Nielsen-Massey Pure Mexican Vanilla Extract
1 small stick cinnamon, preferably Mexican
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
3 garlic cloves, minced
3 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
3 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano
1 to 1 1/2 pounds medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 red onions, thinly sliced
1 yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 green bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
2 jalapeño chilies, stemmed, seeded and finely diced
1 (6-ounce) can diced tomatoes
1/4 cup cool water
1 tablespoon cornstarch
Hot cooked rice
For the marinade, combine the tequila, vanilla extract, cinnamon stick, olive oil, salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, garlic, thyme and oregano in a sealable plastic bag.
For the shrimp, add shrimp to the marinade and seal the bag, turning to coat the shrimp. Marinate in the refrigerator for 20 to 30 minutes, turning the bag occasionally. Heat a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp and marinade. Sauté until the shrimp begin to change color. Add the onions, bell peppers, the jalapeño chilies and tomatoes. Cook until the vegetables are tender-crisp and shrimp turn pink.
Combine the water and cornstarch in a small cup and mix until the cornstarch is dissolved. Cook the shrimp mixture for 3 to 4 minutes. Pour in the cornstarch mixture and cook until the mixture begins to thicken.
Serves 4 to 6
Throughout its more than 100 year history, Nielsen-Massey Vanillas has earned its reputation as a manufacturer of the finest extracts in the world. The line of Nielsen-Massey’s Pure Vanilla extracts include extracts from Madagascar, Tahiti and Mexico. With rich, fragrant essences and unique flavors, it’s hard to choose a favorite. Let the dish you’re preparing guide you in selecting the right one.