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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

General Tso's Shrimp with Broccolini (or Broccoli)

We were in the mood for some shrimp tonight and this recipe from Food Network Magazine May 2015 fit the bill perfectly.  The perfect mixture of sweet and spicy with just enough heat.  The recipe called for broccolini, but I used broccoli florets and they worked perfectly.

1 large egg white
3 T. Shaoxing rice wine, mirin or dry sherry
3 T. soy sauce
2 T. cornstarch, plus more for coating (about 3/4 cup)
1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined (tails intact)
1/3 cup Thai-style sweet chili sauce
3 T. vegetable or peanut oil, plus more for deep-frying
2 bunches broccolini, trimmed
1 bunch scallions, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 to 1 t. red pepper flakes
4 cups cooked white rice, for serving

Whisk the egg white with 1 tablespoon each rice wine, soy sauce and cornstarch in a large bowl. Add the shrimp and toss; refrigerate until ready to fry. Whisk the chili sauce, the remaining 2 tablespoons each rice wine and soy sauce, 1 tablespoon cornstarch and 1 cup water in a bowl; set aside.

Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a wok or large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the broccolini; stir-fry until charred in spots, 3 minutes. Add 1/2 cup water and stir-fry until crisp-tender, 1 to 2 minutes; transfer to a plate. Reduce the heat to medium; add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil, the scallions, garlic and red pepper flakes. Stir-fry until tender, 2 minutes. Add the chili sauce mixture and cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened, 1 minute. Cover and set aside.

Heat 1 inch of oil in a deep saucepan over medium-high heat until a deep-fry thermometer registers 365 degrees F. Working in batches, toss the shrimp in cornstarch to coat, then fry until crisp and golden, about 3 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.

Return the wok to medium heat and reheat the sauce if needed. Add the broccolini and shrimp and cook, tossing, until warmed through, 2 minutes. (Add up to 1/2 cup water if the sauce is too thick.) Serve with the rice.

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