Harissa Shrimp!

To make these delightful tasty shrimp we used this Spanish Shrimp recipe but added Harissa & onions!

Be sure to serve with warm bread, you don’t want to miss out on all the juice at the bottom of your bowl!

shrimps

Here’s what ya need:

1 cup extra virgin olive oil

8 cloves of garlic, minced

half an onion, sliced

2 Tablespoons Harissa

2 pounds shrimp: peeled and deveined with the tails left on & seasoned with salt

a loaf of crusty bread (this is essential for sopping up all the tasty oil left in the bottom of your bowl)

In a large pan heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add garlic, onion, and Harissa and cook stirring for 2 minutes. Lay the shrimp into the pan. Once you’ve got them all in, flip them over. After one flip they should done so scoop them out into bowls and pour any remaining oil over them. Serve immediately with crusty bread!

 

Spanish shrimp

Spanish shrimp

This recipe came from a Rachel Ray Magazine long ago and has since become a favorite dish in our household.

It’s really quite simple but it hits the spot every time! If you like shrimp give this recipe a try:

1 cup extra virgin olive oil

8 cloves of garlic

1 teaspoon chipotle flakes

2 teaspoons smoked paprika

2 pounds shrimp: peeled and deveined with the tails left on & seasoned with salt

a loaf of crusty bread (this is essential for sopping up all the tasty oil left in the bottom of your bowl)

In a large pan heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add garlic, chipotle flakes, and smoked paprika and cook stirring for 2 minutes. Lay the shrimp into the pan. Once you’ve got them all in, flip them over. After one flip they should done so scoop them out into bowls and pour any remaining oil over them. Serve immediately with crusty bread!

Spanish shrimp

Enjoy!

XO

Charleston Spice Co.

Brunch Beauty Shots

Anything goes.

Go big or go home.

Less is more.

Too much is never enough.

Put an egg on it.

Just do it.

All these tag lines and catch phrases can be applied to the mystical occurrence that has been given the name brunch.

That’s why the Craic Team that brought you The Tower of Tex Mex loves brunch. It is synonymous with fun, good times, and great food.

Sooo, this past Sunday they started with an idea, a food fiesta really: chilled shrimp salad with tomatoes and avocado in a lettuce wrap.

Then this happened:

5 Spice Brunch

A very similar concept in that it was a chilled shrimp lettuce wrap….

But completely different.

The Craic Team had visions of a chilled shrimp salad with avocado and tomato and corn and hot peppers but then they found a sweet potato on the edge of expiration and all hell broke loose. That did NOT fit into their plans.

So the plans changed.

And they roasted that sweet potato with Garam Masala and pan sautéed that shrimp with Chinese 5 Spice and some peppers and uncooked ramen noodles and onion and a garlic clove or two. They made some peanut sauce, grated a carrot, chopped up some Thai basil, threw it all together on a lettuce leaf and called it brunch.

As John Lennon said, “Life is what happens while you are making other plans.”

Sláinte,

Charleston Spice Co.

5 Spice Brunch

Firecracker Shrimp

Firecracker shrimp

I used to hate shrimp.

Absolutely hate it, unless it was popcorn shrimp, but let’s be honest, after dunking those lil deep fried bites into ketchup they were more like chicken nuggets than seafood.

Now I love shrimp.

Absolutely love it, especially when it isn’t deep fried and dunked in sauce.

And these firecracker shrimp are no exception!!! You can serve them as an appetizer or the main dish, it’s your choice, no matter what there’s sure to be none left at the end of the meal!

Firecracker shrimp

Here’s what ya need:

1/3 cup Harissa paste

1 pound peeled shrimp

We used our own Harissa blend and followed the guidelines on the back to make a paste. Mix your paste and shrimp and let them sit up to thirty minutes. Skewer and throw them on your grill!!

It was hard not to eat these shrimp right away but we managed to hold back long enough to throw them on a bed of slaw in a hot dog bun:

Firecracker shrimp

We served these delightful sandwiches with a side of tomato cucumber salad seasoned with our spiced sea salt and grilled corn seasoned with our grill seasoning.

Firecracker shrimp

Happy grilling!

XO

Charleston Spice Co.

Frogmore Stew

frogmore elementsFrogmore Stew is a beautiful thing.

Some people know it as Lowcountry Boil or a Shrimp Boil. No matter what you call it, everyone can find something they can eat in this delicious medley.

Frogmore Stew Party 2014Here are the guidelines for greatness:

1 gallon water, salt to taste

1/2 a pack of our Frogmore Stew blend

2 lbs sausage of your choice

4 ears of corn cut into 1/4ths

8 to 10 small onions, whole (OR 2 large onions cut in quarters)

8 to 10 small potatoes

2 lbs shrimp unpeeled

The above will serve around 4 to 6 people. Bring water to a boil with Frogmore Stew seasoning. Boil 10 minutes to season the water. Add the sausage, return to a boil. Cook 5 minutes or until the sausage is cooked. Add the corn, and onion, return to a boil. Add potatoes & return to a boil, cook until done, 15 to 20 minutes. Add shrimp, cook until pink about 2 to 3 minutes depending on size. Strain and serve with choice of bread (we used baguette, from Baguette Magic, but cornbread or hushpuppies would work too).

Frogmore Stew Party 2014But let’s talk about some of your options, because Frogmore Stew is all about the options. All the above ingredients are GUIDELINES. If Caitlin is coming over please add some more corn, if you know you have some heat lovers amongst your guests add some spicy sausage to your 2 lbs of sausage. If you have vegetarian guests, make a smaller pot for those veggie lovers with cauliflower instead of all that meat.

Most importantly listen to your heart and your stomach and enjoy!

Yours truly,

Charleston Spice Co

Frogmore Stew Party 2014