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This recipe is a traditional Istrian recipe of shrimp similar to langoustines, not found in American waters, and it comes from the area of Trieste, Istria and Dalmatia, where some of the best scampi are caught. Here I give you the recipe and technique of langoustine alla buzara so you can prepare this delicious dish with shrimp for your family and guests.
- 2 pounds super colossal shrimp (10 to 12 per pound)
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 1 cup hot light fish stock
- ¼ cup olive oil
- ½ cup finely chopped onion
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed and peeled
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- 1 cup dry white wine
- 1 tablespoon breadcrumbs
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh Italian parsley
Using poultry shears or a sharp paring knife, cut through the outer curve of the shrimp shells from end to end, but don’t remove the shells. Rinse the shrimp under cold running water and devein.
Dissolve the tomato paste in the hot stock. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a medium saucepan. Add the onion and garlic, and sauté over moderately high heat until golden. Season with salt and pepper, add the wine, and bring to a boil. Add the stock and tomato paste mixture, reduce the heat, and simmer 20 minutes.
Meantime, heat the remaining oil in a large skillet, add the shrimp, and sauté (in two batches) 1 minute on each side. Drain off the oil, return all the shrimp to the skillet and add the sauce. Cover and cook over high heat, stirring occasionally, until the shrimp are just cooked through, about 2-3 minutes. Sprinkle with bread crumbs and parsley, mix well, and cook a minute longer, uncovered. Serve immediately.