During the summer months we like to enjoy fresh foods and plenty of exotic seafoods. Italians are just the same in this way. For a country almost completely surrounded by glittering coastline it is no surprise that some of the est Italian meals are pulled right out of the sea. Our recipe for Gamberi alla Busara is a perfect exemplification of how true summer Italian food is prepared. Predominantly focused on the freshness and quality of the prawns, this dish is cooked in a thick tomato sauce and garnished with several fresh herbs. The Italians teach us with almost every meal that anything can taste great if prepared with love and care and when using only the freshest, high quality ingredients. Gamberi alla Busara is a Venetian recipe, originally prepared in the northern part of the country. One can almost imagine Venetian fisherman pulling up to port in the famed Italian city with all sorts of seafood delights in tow. Though the recipe may have been introduced many years ago, it is still a favorite among Italian families around the world.
What You’ll Need
- 1 crushed and peeled clove of garlic
- 3 tablespoons of olive oil
- 2 pounds of medium shrimp or prawns
- 1 golden onion finely chopped
- 1 cup of dry white wine
- 1.5 pounds of finely chopped cherry tomatoes
- 1 dried chili crushed
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 handful of fresh chopped parsley leaves.
What to Do
- Heat olive oil in a large skillet on medium heat. Add the garlic to the dancing oil and allow to fry for a minute or until golden.
- Add minced onion to the pan and continue cooking until translucent.
- Add prawns in a single layer across bottom of skillet. Cook on each side for 2 minutes. Make sure that each prawn touches the bottom of the skillet.
- Add white wine and increase the heat. Allow to cook until white wine evaporates.
- Remove prawns from skillet and place into a plate
- Add crushed chili and cherry tomatoes to the hot skillet. Cover and cook on low heat until it develops a sauce like mixture.
- Put the prawns back into the saucey mixture and stir together. Allow to cook together for five more minutes on low heat.
- Remove from heat and serve in its own sauce. Best served with crusty bread to soak up the delicious sauce.
We recommend enjoying this dish with some crispy tuscan style bread. If you have fresh bread you can cut it into thin slices, coat with just a bit of olive oil and salt, and pop into the oven for about five minutes. Many Italian dishes are best served with this style of crispy toast. It is a great way to enjoy the dishes’ sauces and complex flavors. Enjoy this dish with a bit of Sauvignon Blanc or another dry white wine.
Nothing says summer like Gamberi alla Busara. Give this fresh seafood dinner a try this summer!