Cognac Shrimp with Lemon Beurre Blanc Sauce

 

What can I say about French food? It exudes romance and sexiness. But when most of us hear the name of a french dish we think it’s difficult to cook. First of all, I love shrimp, and I love Cognac so the thought of combining the two had me very excited. Then I threw in the creamy Beurre Blanc sauce in all of its buttery goodness, and i had myself a very good dish. When i was gathering up the ingredients for this dish first thing i thought was “wow, a lot of butter is need for this dish!” But once I added it to the sauteed shallots, cream, white wine and lemon juice and with the constant whisking it became a yummy creamy sauce. When i poured it over the shrimp, it was pure heaven. I’m looking forward to experimenting with more french dishes in the future and bring them to you for you to try at home. Bon Appetit!

My first French dish!

You will need:

  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  • 12 tablespoons cold butter(unsalted is optional)
  • 1/16 teaspoon white pepper
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • ¾ lb medium shrimp, rinsed and deveined
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons Cognac

To make Beurre Blanc:

Simmer the shallots, white wine, and lemon juice in a small saucepan over low-medium heat for 5-10 minutes, until the mixture is reduced to about 2 tablespoons. Add the cream and bring to just under a simmer. When the first few bubbles rise, turn the heat down very slightly and add the 12 tablespoons of butter, one tablespoon at a time, whisking constantly. Be sure to allow one pat of butter to melt completely before adding the next. Once the butter is fully incorporated, season the beurre blanc sauce with white pepper and set aside.

In a skillet over high heat, melt 5 tablespoons of butter, and then sauté shrimp, turning a few times until cooked through – about 2 minutes. Reduce the heat to low and season the shrimp with salt. Carefully add the Cognac(it may flame) and stir thoroughly. Spoon the warm beurre blanc sauce over the hot shrimp and serve with side dish of your choice. I chose Rice Pilaf w/Mushrooms & French style sauteed Peppers and Green beans.  Enjoy!

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