It was very tasty. I actually used Saffron Threads, so it better have been good, because those thing cost $19 for an amount that would fit on the head of a pin (maybe two pins). I mean is the stuff made out of pure gold? Why the hell does it cost so much, but even more importantly why did I pay for it when I could probably find a box of Uncle Ben's saffron rice for 99 cents??? I guess I was feeling wild and crazy and I had another recipe that also called for saffron threads so I figured "Why Not?" Let's live life on the edge. Little did I know that I probably won't have enough of my $19 saffron threads for both recipes.
So, here it is in all it's $19 saffron thread glory....
Shrimp with Lemon-Saffron Rice
1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
1 tsp minced garlic
1lb peeled and deveined large shrimp
2 cups uncooked instant rice
1/2 cup water
1 1/2 tsp chopped fresh oregano
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp saffron threads, crushed
1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper
1 (14oz) can low sodium chicken broth
1 cup frozen peas
2 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice
Heat a large Dutch oven over medium high heat. Add oil, onion and bell pepper; sauté 3 min or until tender. Add garlic; cook 30 secs. Add shrimp to pan' cook 30 secs stirring frequently. Add rice and next 7 ingredients - through broth. Bring to a boil, cover pan. Reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes or until rice is done. Remove from heat; stir in peas and lemon juice.
Like I said I made a few changes, I added kielbasa because it's one of the few proteins the Zackman will actually eat. That boy likes the pork - hot dogs, bacon, kielbasa, pulled pork. He likes the pig that's for sure. I also left out the peas because frankly they make me gag. I hate the way the "pop" in your mouth when your eating. It's an unexpected "what the hell did I just bite into" moment for me. I prefer my peas to stand alone so I know what I'm getting. I also forgot to take a picture, so you'll only get the "publicity" shot. But it was good, another addition to the pork section or fish section of the cookbook!