In addition to the buffalo wings we also made a shrimp dish and a quinoa and black rice salad for the vegetarians. I love shrimp so in my searchings I found a yummy sounding shrimp recipe and then I stumbled upon a recipe with quinoa and black forbidden rice, which I happened to have just enough of in my cupboards from previous recipes. (Remember the Giada dish that used black rice?)
SPICY GARLIC SHRIMP (serves about 8)
- 2 lbs Large Shrimp (Shelled and Deveined)
- 10 Garlic Cloves
- 2 Dried Red Chilis (or 2 Tsps red chili flakes)
- 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
- 2 Tsp Brandy
- 2 Tbsp Chopped Fresh Parsley
This recipe I found on Epicurious.com and turned out absolutely delicious! Rather than buy dried red chilis though we used red chili flakes that I already had in my cupboard. Most shrimp recipes are super easy and this one is too! If you’re not into spicy, feel free to add less (or no) chili flakes, or if you love spice, add more!
Heat oil in a medium sauté pan over high heat. Sauté garlic until browned, about 2 minutes. Add shrimp and chiles and sauté until shrimp are cooked through, about 4 minutes. They should turn a nice pink color.
Add your brandy and cook 1 minute more. Remove from heat and either serve in a platter or in a bowl. Sprinkle with the fresh parsley and enjoy! Great to make for a dinner one night too!
Now on to the vegetarian dish (or even a yummy healthy side dish!).
CUMIN SCENTED QUINOA AND BLACK RICE SALAD (serves about 8)
- 1/2 Cup Black Rice
- 1 Cup Red Quinoa (we used regular)
- 1 Bay Leaf
- 1/4 Tsp Kosher Salt
- 4 Tbsp Olive Oil
- 1 Small Onion
- 3 Garlic Cloves
- 2 Tsp Cumin Seeds
- 3 Tbsp Lemon Juice
- 1/4 Cup Chopped Fresh Cilantro
- 1/4 Cup Chopped Flat-leaf Parsley
- Salt & Pepper to taste
This was another recipe I found on Epicurious.com, however that recipe called for avocado and lemon wedges for garnishing on top. And while we did buy the avocado and had a lemon, in the hustle and bustle of the party they were sadly forgotten. C’est la vie. It was still delicious!
You want to start your rice and quinoa cooking and then you can move on to some mise en place. Finely chop your onion, mince your garlic and chop your cilantro and parsley.