April 20, 2008

Nothing beats classy...

lady fingers for a traditional Italian dinner of Pine Nut Shrimp Scampi and a Tiramisu Sandwich.

Layer of coffee dipped lady fingers with fresh mascarpone cream.

Tiramisu Sandwich

1/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
8 ounces mascarpone cheese
1 package lady fingers
1 cups strong coffee
1/2 cup cocoa powder

Beat sugar and egg yolks together until mixture is pale yellow. Add in mascarpone cheese until mixture is smooth and combined. Beat egg whites until thick and stiff and mix into mascarpone mixture. Dip lady fingers into coffee and arrange them inside a flat dish. Cover cookies layer with cream mixture and continue layering. Dust cocoa powder on top of cream. Refrigerate for at least four hours.

Shrimp Scampi

8 ounces shrimp
1 tsp minced shallots
2 tsp minced garlic
1/2 lemon (juice and zest)
1/4 cup white wine
2 Tbsp parsley
2 tsp olive oil
2 Tbsp butter
Salt and pepper
1/4 cup pine nuts
1 tsp red pepper flakes
8 oz. linguini

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil for the pasta. Season the shrimp with salt and pepper. Heat 2 tsp of olive oil in a skillet over medium high heat and cook the shrimp until they turn opaque and just pink, about 30 seconds to a minute or so each side. Transfer to a bowl and set aside. Return the pan to the stove and add 1 tbsp of butter and the shallots. Cook over medium heat until the shallots are fragrant. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds until fragrant. Add the white wine and deglaze the pan, scraping up the brown bits from the pan, then add the lemon juice, bring it to a boil then take off heat. Off heat, whisk in the remaining tbsp of butter, lemon zest, parsley, pine nuts and red pepper. Add the shrimp and pasta, toss to combine and serve immediately. (Adapted from Food Network).


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