This is a dish from my lovely Croatian friends Amela and Ivana. It also has the distinguished honor of being the first guest blog on Batter Junkie. I believe Shrimp Buzara can be found in various locations along the Adriatic. This scrumptious version is from Dalmatia, Croatia.
So imagine you are on 40 foot wooden sailboat anchored somewhere in the vast Croatian Archipelago. A warm breeze blows over the deck bringing amazing aromas up from the galley. A beautiful Hrvatska žena (Croatian woman or man depending on your particular brand of fantasy) wearing a bikini or sarong number, brings you a steaming bowl of tomato, shrimpy goodness. Here is how to make that happen. Well at least the the tomatoy shrimpy goodness part. This recipe does not come with a free Croatian.
Ingredients (for four people)
1.5kg fresh shrimp (raw, not pre-cooked) (about 3.5 pounds US)
1 head of garlic (chopped)
Lots of parsley
1/2 L cheap white wine (so a little more than half of a normal bottle)
1 can of tomato sauce (around 800gr) (2, 14oz cans in the US)
A little bit of flour
Lots of fresh bread!
How to do it:
Heat olive oil in a large pan and add most of the garlic and parsley (leave some for later). Add salt and pepper and let simmer for 3 minutes.
Add some white wine, cook for another minute or two and add all of the shrimp. Immediately add all of the remaining wine and the tomato sauce. Put in the remaining garlic and parsley and continue to cook and until the shrimp is done.
You will know that the sauce is OK when there is no bitter wine aftertaste.
Tasting is very important
Add some flour in order to make the sauce creamier.
Dobar tek! (Bon appetit!) Serve hot, wash your hands, dip the bread into the sauce and attack the shrimp!
Thank you Amela and Ivana!
Labels: Croatian, dinner, main, seafood, shrimp