Creamy Cauliflower Risotto with Shrimp.
On Easter Sunday, we enjoyed an absolutely amazing buffet brunch at a local restaurant in Mars called Breakneck Tavern where they served a positively divine shrimp risotto (among a kagillion other amazing treats). I only had about a tablespoon of it on Easter, because I wanted to try so many of the other wonderful things they had available (way more than I could sample at one sitting!), but I could not get that shrimp risotto out of my mind. It was sooooooo good!
Well – I have also been hearing great things about “ricing” cauliflower and have been anxious to try.
Since I had a beautiful fresh head of cauliflower in the fridge, as well as a bag of shrimp in the freezer, I decided to try a healthier version of shrimp risotto for dinner last night.
O. M. G! This turned out almost more heavenly than the original one I had a tiny taste of on Easter. More heavenly because it is so much healthier, but also so delish!!!
My recipe is adapted from one I found at Cafe Delites. This recipe is a low-carbohydrate, high protein, fiber-rich, calorie-friendly plate of deliciousness! I hope you will give it a try.
P.S. If I was making this only for me, I would totally add fresh green peas. What do you think? Hubby absolutely detests peas, so I sacrificed for him, but oooohhh – can you imagine??!! Pea lovers out there??
Here is how I made it.
Creamy Cauliflower Risotto with Shrimp
- 1 large cauliflower
- 12-14 oz shrimp, peeled and tails removed
- 2 Tbsp salted butter
- 5 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 lemon
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 cup Half and Half (or cream or milk)
- 1/2 cup chicken broth (or dry white wine)
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 tsp salt
- 1 Tbsp coarsely ground pepper
- 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
- 1/2 cup chopped sweet red pepper (optional)
Remove core from cauliflower and break into florets. Working in batches of approximately 1 cup at a time, pulse cauliflower in food processor until it is the consistency of rice. Place all in large bowl and set aside.
In a large skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add shrimp and sear them while stirring until they start to lose their color. Add garlic and juice of half of the lemon. Fry for an additional minute. Add cauliflower, red pepper (if adding) and olive oil. Fry and stir for 3-4 minutes until fully combined and coated. Stir in the half and half (or cream or milk) and chicken broth (or white wine). Grate Parmesan cheese over all and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Combine. Cover and reduce heat to low to simmer 6-8 minutes until creamy.
When ready to serve, sprinkle with fresh parsley and wedges of lemon from remaining half. Top with additional Parmesan if desired.
Cheers & Hugs,