Lights, Camera — COOK!


Roasted Shrimp with Lemon-Garlic Faux Aioli, photographed by Alison Belcher

Here at Kitchen Mischief, we’ve been making pretty plates for years, but a recent video shoot for Willow House provided the opportunity take our culinary artistry (and mischief!) to a whole new level. They needed a food stylist for a tapas-entertaining segment. So naturally, I volunteered!

Because I was already juggling 14 other tasks on set, including script revisions, talent-corralling and junior-directing, I opted for a super-easy recipe — Roasted Shrimp with Lemon-Garlic Faux-Aioli. Food Network’s Ina Garten inspired this easy recipe, which I jazzed up with fresh lemon zest. I also made a lightening-quick dipping sauce — a Faux-Aioli — that comes together while the shrimp’s in the oven. You can’t beat that for time management! Here’s how you do it:

Roasted Shrimp with Lemon-Garlic Faux Aioli
2 pounds shrimp (frozen is OK)
1 tablespoon olive oil
½ teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
zest of 1 lemon

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Start by peeling and deveining your shrimp. Pat them dry with a paper towel then spread them in an even layer on a large baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and then zest the lemon over the shrimp. Use your hands to give them a good toss to make sure they’re coated evenly with the seasonings. When the oven’s ready, pop them in for 8-10 minutes. While they cook, make your Faux Aioli …

Lemon-Garlic Faux Aioli
½ cup olive oil mayonnaise (any mayo will do)
½ cup light sour cream
1 garlic clove, finely minced
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp freshly ground pepper
juice of half a lemon
flat-leaf parsley for garnish

Add all ingredients to a small bowl; whisk to combine. TIP: You can use your lemon zester to get your garlic nice and fine. This cuts down on the “man that garlic is STRONG!” reaction. Top with parsley, if desired.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is a wrap! In just a few minutes, you have an easy appetizer ready for guests — or for a close up. We’re happy to report that no mischief occurred during this video shoot — although we did have to keep a close eye on the homeowner’s cat! Enjoy these easy recipes, and remember to have fun in the kitchen!

Aubie the Cat, pretending to be asleep...


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