Farewell José Saramago


The great Portuguese novelist José de Sousa Saramago died one year ago today. Honor the Nobel Prize-winning author with Portuguese-style garlic prawns. Interestingly, Saramago (Portuguese for wild radish) was his father’s family’s nickname, and it was accidentally incorporated into his name on his birth certificate so I added a garlic radish dip below. Bom apetite!

Portuguese Garlic Prawns
1/2 cup Spanish extra virgin olive oil
6 cloves garlic, peeled and thinly sliced
1 lb. shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 T. white wine
2 T. lemon juice
1 t. paprika
1 t. red pepper flakes
Salt and black pepper to taste
Crusty bread

Heat oil and garlic in a medium frying pan until just sizzling.  Remove from heat and let sit and infuse until ready to cook shrimp (a couple of hours).

Reheat oil over medium heat until hot.  Saute shrimp until cooked through.  Add wine, lemon juice, paprika, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper.  Remove from heat and serve immediately.  Serve with plenty of crusty bread.

Garlic Radish Dip
4 cloves garlic (peeled)
6 radishes (quartered)
16 oz cream cheese (softened)

Place garlic in the container of a food processor, and pulse until finely minced. Add radishes, and mince. Add cream cheese, and mix until well blended. Transfer to a serving dish, and chill until serving.

Photo Credit: The Food Pornographer

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