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Shrimp, the underdog. Relegated to appetizer food, it awaits the fate of a drenching in overly-sweet cocktail sauce or a mashing into fried patties along with its crustaceous brethren. Its name flung as an insult on schoolyard playgrounds, shrimp even takes a beating outside the kitchen.

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Needless to say, shrimp deserves better. Mild and buttery with a keenness for spice, the versatile shellfish can hold its own among the likes of crab and lobster -- but only if we give it a chance. So dust off your pairing knife and brush up on deveining -- we’re giving shrimp eight opportunities to steal the spotlight.

Spicy Shrimp by Helen

Spicy Shrimp

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Shrimp Burgers with Roasted Garlic-Orange Aioli by EmilyC

Shrimp Burgers with Roasted Garlic-Orange Aioli

 

Shrimp Gumbo by drbabs

Shrimp Gumbo

 

Shrimp and Grits Style Risotto by ENunn

Shrimp and Grits Style Risotto

 

Shrimp Salad Sandwich by fiveandspice

Shrimp Salad Sandwich

 

Shrimp à la Bittman by Amanda Hesser

Shrimp a la Bittman

 

Porky, Gingery Shrimp Toasts by Mandy @ Lady and pups

Porky, Gingery Shrimp Toasts

 

Roasted Radicchio and Shrimp with Warm Bacon Vinaigrette by EmilyC

Roasted Radicchio and Shrimp with Warm Bacon Vinaigrette

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