Black Lentils with Wicked Shrimp

I just feel like this is so appropriate for Halloween. Eating it makes me feel like some kind of crazy evil foodie witch stirring a steaming cauldron and stoking a scary fire.

Black Lentils with Wicked Shrimp

Sorry. I’m not really sure what I’m talking about. I just get really excited about Holidays- and Halloween is one of my very favorite.

Black Lentils with Wicked Shrimp

These black lentils are so beautiful and cooked with a little butter and shallot, they are the perfect accompaniment to these spicy, buttery wicked shrimp.

I am not saying that this is the most colorful dish, but that was sort of the point. I wanted it to look delicious but spooky! A bowl full of something dark and mysterious (uh, yet still edible and yummy and kind of beautiful in its own way?!)

I will just be quiet now. These Black lentils with wicked shrimp would be a perfect meal for Halloween. Here are some other fun self-proclaimed “Halloween Recipes” for last minute festivities or class parties:

Pumpkin Ginger Doughnuts

Breakfast:
Pumpkin Cinnamon pull-apart bread
Best Pumpkin Pancakes
Pumpkin Muffins
Spiced Pumpkin Bread
Pumpkin Scones
“Monster” Breakfast Burrito
Pumpkin Ginger Donuts with Maple Glaze
Butternut Squash and Bacon Scones

Slug Juice Halloween Cocktail

Drinks:
Slug Juice Halloween Cocktails
Goul-tini

Potato, Brussels sprouts and goat cheese Pizza

Dinner Ideas:
Grilled Pumpkin Caesar Salad with Steak
Potato, Brussles Sprouts and Goat Cheese Pizza
Creamy Pumpkin Fettuccine
White Chicken Chili
Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese
Smoky Pumpkin Cheddar Soup
Pumpkin, Chicken and Wild Rice Soup
Autumn Vegetable Pot Pie
Turkey Pot Pie

Halloween Slutty Brownies

Treats:
Halloween Slutty Brownies
Red Velvet Halloween Cakes
Pumpkin Caramel Cupcakes
Halloween Caramel Corn
Pumpkin Blondies
http://www.heatherchristo.com/cooks/2010/10/28/ginger-sugar-cookies/

Here is how you make these Black Lentils and Wicked Shrimp:

Rinse the lentils really well and set aside.

Black Lentils with Wicked Shrimp

In a small pot, melt the butter over medium heat and add the shallots. Cook the shallots until they are golden brown, 5-7 minutes. Add the lentils and stir with the shallot to combine. Add the broth and stir. Reduce heat to low and put a lid on the pot. Simmer the lentils for about 15 minutes, and then let the pot sit for another 15 covered, with the heat off.

Black Lentils with Wicked Shrimp

When they are finished they will be tender and not dry or gummy.

Black Lentils with Wicked Shrimp

While the lentils are sitting, work on the shrimp.

In a small bowl, combine the oil and spices. Roll the shrimp in the spice marinade and let sit a few minutes.

Black Lentils with Wicked Shrimp

Heat a pan over high heat and then add the shrimp (which are coated in the spice mixture. )

Black Lentils with Wicked Shrimp

Cook until the outside is seared and crispy, about 1 minute each side, then flip. The shrimp should be somewhat “blackened” with the spice mixture on the outside, and just cooked through on the center.

Black Lentils with Wicked Shrimp

Add the tablespoon of butter and remove the pan from the heat. Swirl the butter to pick up the remnants of the spice mixture in the pan.

Black Lentils with Wicked Shrimp

Add the shrimp and the butter to the top of the lentils. Serve hot.

Black Lentils with Wicked Shrimp

Black Lentils with Wicked Shrimp

 

Recipe: Black Lentils with Wicked Shrimp

Ingredients

  • Lentils:
  • -1 Tbs butter
  • -1 large shallot, small diced
  • -1 cup lentils
  • -1 ½ cups chicken broth
  • Wicked Shrimp:
  • -2 Tbs vegetable oil
  • -1 tsp chili powder
  • -1 tsp onion powder
  • -¼ tsp cayenne
  • -2 cloves garlic, minced
  • -8 large shrimp
  • -1 Tbs butter

Instructions

  1. 1. Rinse the lentils really well and set aside.
  2. 2. In a small pot, melt the butter over medium heat and add the shallots. Cook the shallots until they are golden brown, 5-7 minutes.
  3. 3. Add the lentils and stir with the shallot to combine.
  4. 4. Add the broth and stir. Reduce heat to low and put a lid on the pot. Simmer the lentils for about 15 minutes, and then let the pot sit for another 15 covered, with the heat off.
  5. 5. While the lentils are sitting, work on the shrimp.
  6. 6. In a small bowl, combine the oil and spices. Roll the shrimp in the spice marinade and let sit a few minutes.
  7. 7. Heat a pan over high heat and then add the shrimp (which are coated in the spice mixture. )
  8. 8. Cook until the outside is seared and crispy, about 1 minute each side, then flip. The shrimp should be somewhat “blackened” with the spice mixture on the outside, and just cooked through on the center. Add the tablespoon of butter and remove the pan from the heat. Swirl the butter to pick up the remnants of the spice mixture in the pan.
  9. 9. Add the shrimp and the butter to the top of the lentils. Serve hot.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time: 35 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 2

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Black Lentils with Wicked Shrimp

I just feel like this is so appropriate for Halloween. Eating it makes me feel like some kind of crazy evil foodie witch stirring a steaming cauldron and stoking a scary fire.

Black Lentils with Wicked Shrimp

Sorry. I’m not really sure what I’m talking about. I just get really excited about Holidays- and Halloween is one of my very favorite.

Black Lentils with Wicked Shrimp

These black lentils are so beautiful and cooked with a little butter and shallot, they are the perfect accompaniment to these spicy, buttery wicked shrimp.

I am not saying that this is the most colorful dish, but that was sort of the point. I wanted it to look delicious but spooky! A bowl full of something dark and mysterious (uh, yet still edible and yummy and kind of beautiful in its own way?!)

I will just be quiet now. These Black lentils with wicked shrimp would be a perfect meal for Halloween. Here are some other fun self-proclaimed “Halloween Recipes” for last minute festivities or class parties:

Pumpkin Ginger Doughnuts

Breakfast:
Pumpkin Cinnamon pull-apart bread
Best Pumpkin Pancakes
Pumpkin Muffins
Spiced Pumpkin Bread
Pumpkin Scones
“Monster” Breakfast Burrito
Pumpkin Ginger Donuts with Maple Glaze
Butternut Squash and Bacon Scones

Slug Juice Halloween Cocktail

Drinks:
Slug Juice Halloween Cocktails
Goul-tini

Potato, Brussels sprouts and goat cheese Pizza

Dinner Ideas:
Grilled Pumpkin Caesar Salad with Steak
Potato, Brussles Sprouts and Goat Cheese Pizza
Creamy Pumpkin Fettuccine
White Chicken Chili
Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese
Smoky Pumpkin Cheddar Soup
Pumpkin, Chicken and Wild Rice Soup
Autumn Vegetable Pot Pie
Turkey Pot Pie

Halloween Slutty Brownies

Treats:
Halloween Slutty Brownies
Red Velvet Halloween Cakes
Pumpkin Caramel Cupcakes
Halloween Caramel Corn
Pumpkin Blondies
http://www.heatherchristo.com/cooks/2010/10/28/ginger-sugar-cookies/

Here is how you make these Black Lentils and Wicked Shrimp:

Rinse the lentils really well and set aside.

Black Lentils with Wicked Shrimp

In a small pot, melt the butter over medium heat and add the shallots. Cook the shallots until they are golden brown, 5-7 minutes. Add the lentils and stir with the shallot to combine. Add the broth and stir. Reduce heat to low and put a lid on the pot. Simmer the lentils for about 15 minutes, and then let the pot sit for another 15 covered, with the heat off.

Black Lentils with Wicked Shrimp

When they are finished they will be tender and not dry or gummy.

Black Lentils with Wicked Shrimp

While the lentils are sitting, work on the shrimp.

In a small bowl, combine the oil and spices. Roll the shrimp in the spice marinade and let sit a few minutes.

Black Lentils with Wicked Shrimp

Heat a pan over high heat and then add the shrimp (which are coated in the spice mixture. )

Black Lentils with Wicked Shrimp

Cook until the outside is seared and crispy, about 1 minute each side, then flip. The shrimp should be somewhat “blackened” with the spice mixture on the outside, and just cooked through on the center.

Black Lentils with Wicked Shrimp

Add the tablespoon of butter and remove the pan from the heat. Swirl the butter to pick up the remnants of the spice mixture in the pan.

Black Lentils with Wicked Shrimp

Add the shrimp and the butter to the top of the lentils. Serve hot.

Black Lentils with Wicked Shrimp

Black Lentils with Wicked Shrimp

 

Recipe: Black Lentils with Wicked Shrimp

Ingredients

  • Lentils:
  • -1 Tbs butter
  • -1 large shallot, small diced
  • -1 cup lentils
  • -1 ½ cups chicken broth
  • Wicked Shrimp:
  • -2 Tbs vegetable oil
  • -1 tsp chili powder
  • -1 tsp onion powder
  • -¼ tsp cayenne
  • -2 cloves garlic, minced
  • -8 large shrimp
  • -1 Tbs butter

Instructions

  1. 1. Rinse the lentils really well and set aside.
  2. 2. In a small pot, melt the butter over medium heat and add the shallots. Cook the shallots until they are golden brown, 5-7 minutes.
  3. 3. Add the lentils and stir with the shallot to combine.
  4. 4. Add the broth and stir. Reduce heat to low and put a lid on the pot. Simmer the lentils for about 15 minutes, and then let the pot sit for another 15 covered, with the heat off.
  5. 5. While the lentils are sitting, work on the shrimp.
  6. 6. In a small bowl, combine the oil and spices. Roll the shrimp in the spice marinade and let sit a few minutes.
  7. 7. Heat a pan over high heat and then add the shrimp (which are coated in the spice mixture. )
  8. 8. Cook until the outside is seared and crispy, about 1 minute each side, then flip. The shrimp should be somewhat “blackened” with the spice mixture on the outside, and just cooked through on the center. Add the tablespoon of butter and remove the pan from the heat. Swirl the butter to pick up the remnants of the spice mixture in the pan.
  9. 9. Add the shrimp and the butter to the top of the lentils. Serve hot.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time: 35 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 2