Garlic Shrimp with Caramelized Tomato

What’s the secret to this tangy garlic shrimp? Caramelized tomato paste. The DIY flavor booster everyone should keep in their pantry.

Garlic Shrimp w Caramelized Tomato
3 cups cooked white rice
3 tablespoons caramelized tomato paste*
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped bell peppers
1/2 cup chopped celery
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 can (14-oz) whole peeled tomatoes
1-2 teaspoons Creole seasoning, to taste
1 pound peeled, deveined raw shrimp (51-60 count)
2-4 tablespoons snipped fresh parsley
1/4 cup thin sliced green onions
Hot Sauce to taste, optional
Chicken broth, optional

Cook rice while preparing shrimp; keep warm.

* Follow directions below and prepare caramelized tomato paste.

Over medium-high heat, melt butter in large skillet; add onion, peppers, celery and garlic; sauté until vegetables are wilted, about 10-12 minutes. Reduce heat to medium; stir in caramelized tomato paste and canned tomatoes (including juice); cut tomatoes into smaller pieces with a fork. Add raw shrimp, cover pan with a lid and simmer until shrimp is cooked through (about 4-5 minutes). If desired, stir in chicken broth to create preferred consistency. Stir in part of the parsley and green onions; spoon shrimp over cooked rice; garnish with remaining parsley and green onions. Sprinkle with additional Creole seasoning and/or add hot sauce to taste. To complete the meal add fruit and a glass of milk.

Much like Shrimp Etouffee, a popular Cajun dish in the South, Garlic Shrimp is seasoned with Creole Seasoning, caramelized tomato paste and served over white rice. Add hot sauce to suit your taste preferences. Serves 6

* Caramelized Tomato Paste: heat 1-2 tablespoons olive oil in skillet, add 12-oz can tomato paste, stirring frequently cook until deep crimson color (will reduce by approximately 1/4). Makes about 8-ounces concentrated paste. Refrigerate or freeze paste for later use. Caramelized tomato paste is excellent added to soups, stews, chili, marinara, spaghetti, Mac N Cheese, pizza, BBQ sauce or any dish you would like a dash of full tomato flavor.

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