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Meatless Monday - Spanish Garlic Shrimp

Yes, technically shrimp is a meat but it's so good.  If you're a strict vegetarian or vegan you can try substituting tofu for the shrimp.  It should absorb the flavors nicely.

3 tablespoons olive oil 
1 bay leaf
4 -6 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon small caper
1 tablespoon brandy
1 lb large shrimp, peeled and deveined (dry well on paper towels)
1 teaspoon paprika
2 tablespoons parsley, minced
2 cups cooked rice 


In a heavy skillet, heat the olive oil and the bay leaf over medium heat. Add the garlic and saute, stirring for a minute or so until just softened.

Add the pepper flakes, the capers, and the brandy, and cook off the alcohol for a minute. Turn heat to medium-high and toss in the shrimp, stirring quickly to cook them evenly.

Cook the shrimp until opaque and just firm.

Remove from heat, stir in the paprika and the parsley. Taste for salt. Serve immediately on hot rice.


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