I'm making it for dinner tonight and the shrimp I bought is un-peeled. I could peel it and proceed with the recipe as written, but isn't the shell...

... supposed to have a lot of flavor? But then, wouldn't it be annoying to peel the shrimp after they've been cooking in that thick, buttery sauce? Is the trade-off for flavor worth it? Or are there any other options, say like peeling the shrimp first, and then cooking the peeled shrimp and the shells together so I don't lose out on the full flavor

Southern Sherried Shrimp
Recipe question for: Southern Sherried Shrimp


Sam1148 July 14, 2011
There's a very good white table cloth resturant here that does something similar. With 'grits/polenta' as the under sauce surrounded by the shrimp with matchstick cut prosciutto ham and mushroom, sauteed together on top of the polenta (deglazed secondary pan sauce with the sherry and butter) and garnished with chives.
Q: What's the diffrence between polenta and grits?
A: About 7.50 a plate.
EBeier July 14, 2011
Sam 1148 is right--the chef peels and deveins before cooking both for ease of eating and so the shrimp absorbs the sauce. Shrimp stock just needs to be cooked very briefly (maybe a 10 minute simmer) and freezes very well. I like to reduce the stock to a richer broth and freeze, ice cube sized, to throw into fried rice, toss with linguini and clams, or even use to boost the shellfish flavor in a lobster salad.
linzarella July 14, 2011
I was going to do polenta, and what a great idea to make a stock with the shells! Thank you!!
Sam1148 July 14, 2011
For that application, I'd peel them. It's a pain for guests to peel shrimp when their in a sauce.
Will you be using grits as a base for that? If so boil the shells to make a flavored stock to use in the grits. Another alternative if you don't use grits is use Israeli couscous, or creamy style polenta. Just use cornmeal and stock for the polenta which works just fine for that application.
It works very well as a under sauce for shrimp--but should be kinda of creamy and not the bricks of polenta something call for.
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