Monday, February 17, 2014

Shrimp Scampi Flatbread - Pinterest Recipe Review

Shrimp Scampi Flatbread - Pinterest Recipe Review : The PIN The RECIPE
As stated in my last post, I spent Valentine's Day cooking and watching Netflix with my boyfriend. I usually cook something when I'm over his place, but I wanted to make something fancy, it was a holiday after all. My solution was for my boyfriend and I to each pick a fancy recipe from my Pinterest Board and cook it as part of our Valentine's Day dinner.
As usual, I had to alter the recipe,
but it was only a teeny tiny tweak. Well, I guess it was more of a cheat...I bought pre-made flat bread. (The shame!) I know, I know, homemade is better, but it was Valentine's Day and I didn't want to buy the fancy flax seed and chickpea flour. I promise that I'll try making my own flat bread in the future, but I was hungry and wanted to eat my dinner that much sooner. (I was lazy.) On a less cheating and more substitutional note, Wegman's was completely out of shallots. There was a little sign in the produce section, so they should carry them, but it was filled with baby bok choy. I substituted the shallots for chopped onion, and it didn't seem ot make that much of a difference.
Sidenote: I think when anything in the produce section runs out my local Wegman's automatically replaces it with baby bok choy. The same thing happened when my boyfriend and I attempted to buy fresh parsley.
Admittedly, his recipe pick was much more photogenic. 

Out of the two recipes, this one was slightly more involved, but it wasn't terribly hard. (Then again, we didn't make the flat bread from scratch.) Visually, it's really appetizing, but it was dry. I think my pre-made flat bread needed a little less time under the broiler. It ended up being more like a cracker than a bread. 

I will definitely be making this recipe again in the future, with homemade flat of course, but I 'll make a few more modifications. Next time I will mix a bit of Mozzarella cheese in with the Parmesan, that way it'll melt better, and I'll broil it for half the time. (So only 4 minutes instead of 8.) I'd also like the whip the shrimp mixture up and just eat it over pasta, like a traditional scampi.

In the end, this was the prettier of the two recipes, but the Chicken Lettuce Wraps were much more satisfying.
PS: I apologize for the cellphone-quality photos. I was at my boyfriend's place all weekend and I didn't have my camera or lighting equipment, so I had to make due with my Galaxy S4. (Which isn't absolutely horrible quality, but I prefer using real cameras.)
© Maria Smith
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