Lemony Shrimp with Fennel + Calabrian Chiles is my seasonal Winter take on classic shrimp scampi. It’s my ideal kind of dinner party dish because it’s flavorful and absolutely beautiful. Plus, it’s surprisingly simple to put together which means I can focus on hanging out with everyone instead of fussing in the kitchen too much. For me, holiday traditions are all about gathering around the table over a delicious shared meal and good wine, and this season I’m so excited to partner with Bi-Rite Market to bring you a new recipe and entertaining inspiration. This recipe is a bit of a nod to my Italian heritage and the Christmas Eve Feast of the Seven Fishes, which celebrates with a menu of seven different seafood dishes. This is of course just one dish, but I think it’d make a great addition to your Seven Fishes menu, or any holiday menu for that matter.
Growing up in a family that’s passionate about gardening and slow food, I’ve always found inspiration from the seasonal produce in my home state of California. Now, as a trained chef, I’m always seeking out the best-tasting ingredients I can find, and Bi-Rite has become one of my favorite destinations for responsibility sourced and absolutely *delicious* products. If you’re local to the Bay Area, you must visit one of the Bi-Rite locations this time of year! The produce and florals are all so seasonal and festive. Plus, they have an incredible selection of local cheeses, breads from my favorite bakeries, and some of my go-to items for entertaining, including award-winning charcuterie, marcona almonds, jams, and castelvetrano olives. I also love perusing the market to discover new brands and products. Oh, and major bonus points for always having a beautifully curated wine selection. I hope you #SavorTheSeason and join us in celebrating the holidays over a fabulous meal!
*As a note, I prefer to cook this dish with shrimp that have the tails on - they lend layers of additional flavor and look beautiful in the dish. People can simply pinch the tails to release the shrimp in their bowls for serving.
Lemony Shrimp with Fennel + Calabrian Chiles is a seasonal riff on shrimp scampi and a nod to the Italian Feast of the Seven Fishes. Add this simple recipe to your holiday menus and beyond.
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