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Gambas al ajillo

Chef, Lenny Redé
Wine Pairings:   Chenin Blanc

This traditional Spanish tapa pairs nicely with California white wine

 

Savvy match: This smoky Spanish dish, Gambas al ajillo, screams out, begging for a bright, crisp California white wine. We love this with a Chenin Blanc. The wine is lighter with a high acidity that helps cut through the dish’s richness. The bright citrus flavors also balance out the smoked paprika and garlic spice.

Gambas al ajillo is a traditional Spanish tapa of sautéed shrimp with garlic and pimenton de La Vera Spanish smoked paprika. Simple, quick, and delicious; a perfect easy appetizer with wine for any occasion. Traditionally served with fino sherry, any crisp white wine or even rosé will pair nicely. Make sure you have some great music and your dancing shoes because this dish will transport you to Spain and have you wanting to Flamenco all night long!

Ingredients

  • Olive oil
  • 12 ounces shrimp, peeled deveined 
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon Pimenton De La Vera, smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon fresh garlic chopped
  • 1 ounce dry sherry
  • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon chopped parsley
  • Salt to taste
  • ½ cup tomato, diced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Lemon wedges

Steps

1.

Heat a large sauté pan, add olive oil and when hot add red pepper flakes, garlic, and shrimp. Turn the shrimp to cook evenly.

2.

Deglaze with sherry, add pimenton, vinegar and tomato.

3.

Add butter, parsley and salt to taste, remove from the heat.

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About Chef, Lenny Redé

Restaurateur, Chef, Wine Steward, and Educator

Leonard Redé brings a unique blend of culinary and wine expertise to everything he does. An award-winning Pastry Chef, his desserts have graced the tables of Presidential State Dinners for Bill Clinton, he has presented High Tea to the late Princess Diana and created gilded birthday cakes for the Sultan of Brunei. He was nominated for educator of the year when he was a Chef Instructor at the world renowned Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts. He loves to share his passion for all things gastronomic and he’ll gladly help you navigate the world of wine and is always quick with a wine pairing or recipe.