Friday, April 29, 2011

Happy National Shrimp Scampi Day

Tonight we learned all about "scampi." (And basically found out we didn't really know a lot about it at all!) The term "scampi" actually refers to specific type of lobster - nephrops norvegicus (commonly known as langoustines or Norway lobsters). If I had known this beforehand, we might have had a very different dinner!

We found several recipes online for scampi: a traditional Italian scampi is a langoustine that has been poached and served with a lemon wedge. In the U.K., scampi is typically the shelled tailmeat that has been battered and fried, and then served with tartar sauce and chips. In the U.S., shrimp scampi is usually made with a combination of white wine, garlic and lemon - sometimes battered with breadcrumbs and sometimes served over noodles. Mr. ink decided this evening to do just that - a combination of breadcrumbs, dry white wine, garlic and lemon served over a bed of egg noodles.

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