My husband Ted, Cousin Martin and I visited Cuba for one all-too-short week in 1996, and ever since I've wanted to return. Despite shortages and rationing, we tasted some wonderful food, in places like Havana's famous La Bodeguita del Medio (one of Hemingway's haunts) and in paladares, the private restaurants Cubans are allowed to operate in their homes. Picadillo, a popular filling for tacos or empanadas, traditionally brings together minced meat, onions and tomatoes. Cuban-style picadillo throws raisins, olives and capers into the mix for an irresistible sweet-and-sour tang. In this recipe I've taken those same ingredients and paired them with large, sweet shrimp, served over steamed rice. The resulting dish, fancy enough for company, comes together quickly for a great worknight dinner, too. You can make the sauce ahead and refrigerate; then, reheat, and add the shrimp to cook for a few minutes before you're ready to serve. ¡Buen provecho!
Serves 6, with rice.
1 Tbsp vegetable or canola oil
1 medium onion, diced
1 large green pepper, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup tomato sauce
Large pinch of cinnamon
1/2 cup dry white wine
1/4 cup roughly chopped stuffed green olives
1/4 cup golden raisins
1 Tbsp capers, rinsed and roughly chopped
2 Tbsp distilled white vinegar
1/4 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp fresh black pepper
1-1/4 lbs large shrimp (21-25 size), peeled and deveined
Heat the oil in a large nonstick frying pan over medium heat. Sauté the onion and green pepper until the onion is translucent, 2-3 minutes. Add garlic, and cook for 1 minute more. Stir in the tomato sauce, cinnamon, wine, olives, raisins, capers, vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes or until the sauce is a thick consistency.
Add the shrimp, and cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the shrimp are just pink and starting to curl.
Remove from heat and serve over steamed rice.
Other recipes that use these pantry ingredients:
Easy roasted tomatoes and shrimp with feta, oregano and fennel, from Kalyn's Kitchen
Shrimp salad Portofino, from Leite's Culinaria
Quinoa and shrimp with fresh corn and cherry tomatoes, from Food Blogga
Shrimp with capers and dill, from Kalofagas
Shrimp martini appetizer with tomato, olives and jalapeño pepper, from Cookin' Canuck
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