Now this is something we should all practice daily.

This too. Complete solitude. Yoga what?

I figured it was time for dinner.

I mean, I know it’s only 7 in the morning, or maybe 4 in the morning… or maybe even something like 11 in the morning depending where you are. But lucky you – dinner is served! Now you can kick your feet up and watch The Bachelorette tonight. Or read something totally classy like Jane Eyre because that’s obviously what I will be doing. You know… very important intellectual things that stimulate my mind and make me use big words.

 

Oh, cheese and crackers… who are we kidding? I’ll probably halt my vacation just to take in the incoming trainwreck on national television. Hopefully the sunset will hold off until 10 tonight. It has to know the world revolves around me and my trashy reality TV habits.

Anyhoo… dinner. Dinner that’s made for you.

 

Apparently, it turns out that one shouldn’t live off fruit desserts, iced coffee, martinis and cupcakes alone. Uh… really? That’s confusing. Because it seems pretty darn balanced to me. Especially when there is cream in those drinks because that has like, tons of protein and dairy. Good stuff full of health. Who makes the rules here? I need to talk to someone in rules.

And can it not be that guy I live with? Because he’s not really into this whole cake batter thing or rolling strawberries up in bread products that are supposed to hold meat and cheese. For some reason he wants actual dinner. Like real people food.

I guess I can do that?

I figured that if I must make a proper dinner, I should ease into it as slowly as possible. I needed simplicity and the comforts of home. Cheese, wine, butter. Add some shrimp in there to feel better about myself, some tomatoes to pretend that I’m all about vegetables, and some basil because it’s… green. No judgement.

And the most important part of all… thickly sliced, crusty bread for dipping. Because you ate all the good stuff first, the healthy things like the shrimp and all those vegetables, dipping bread in a garlic butter wine sauce is the way a meal must be finished off. I know! I jumped for joy too. That was all the exercise I needed.

Broiled Shrimp with Tomatoes, Basil and Brie

heavily adapted from Things Cooks Love

serves 2-4

1 pound raw, peeled, deveined shrimp

1 cup grape tomatoes, halved

3 tablespoons butter, cut into small chunks

2 garlic cloves, minced

1/3 cup dry white wine

4-5 ounces soft brie cheese, cut into chunks

a bunch of fresh basil, some chopped and some left whole

chopped fresh parsley

lemon wedges for serving

crusty bread

salt and pepper

Make sure shrimp are completely dry and season liberally with salt and pepper.

Spray a baking dish [mine was 8x8] with non-stick spray and add in shrimp, then scatter tomatoes, butter chunks, garlic and some parsley and basil (reserving some for garnish). Pour in a 1/3 cup of dry white wine. Heat the broiler on your oven (mine does not require pre-heating, if yours does, do the step first) and place shrimp directly underneath. Broil for 4-5 minutes, or until shrimp appears to be pink in color and tomatoes are popping. Remove dish from oven and sprinkle brie cheese chunks over top. Place back in the oven and broil for an additional 1-2 minutes, or until cheese is bubbly and slightly golden. Remove from oven and let cool, then sprinkle additional basil and fresh parsley on top.

Serve with crusty bread for dipping and lemon wedges for squeezing!

I hear this makes a good breakfast too. Cheese, bread, wine, butter… yes. Completely balanced. Just like toast!

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80 Responses to “Broiled Shrimp with Tomatoes, Basil and Brie.”

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    Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance — August 1, 2011 @ 7:14 am

    What about for breakfast, lunch, dinner, AND dessert? :D

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    Julia — August 1, 2011 @ 7:17 am

    I love this, it looks so good. As soon as the supermarkets start stocking prawns again I am making this!

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    Jen S. — August 1, 2011 @ 7:18 am

    ohmylanta, all of my favorite things in one dish. Need to make this ASAP. :)

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    Nourhan @ Miss Anthropist's Kitchen — August 1, 2011 @ 7:19 am

    Yum, I’m not much of a dinner person either, but this is definitely my kind of dinner! :)

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    Becki@beckiswholelife — August 1, 2011 @ 7:24 am

    Yup, its breakfast here and this still looks pretty darn good….yum!

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    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga — August 1, 2011 @ 7:35 am

    It’s 4:36am here. And I am watching the Kardashians on my DVR and reading about brie. Life is good!

    “I hear this makes a good breakfast too. Cheese, bread, wine, butter… yes. Completely balanced. Just like toast! “– LOVE THAT :)

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    Holly @ The Runny Egg — August 1, 2011 @ 7:39 am

    It is 6:30am here and I’d love to have this for breakfast — anything that involves crusty bread means I am in!

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    Cassie (Bake Your Day) — August 1, 2011 @ 7:42 am

    My husband would devour this, sounds wonderfully refreshing and flavorful!

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    Heather (Heather's Dish) — August 1, 2011 @ 7:44 am

    good bread, brie, and shrimp…does it get any better? methinks not…

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    Jen @ keepitsimplefoods — August 1, 2011 @ 7:57 am

    Interesting…I don’t usually like the combo of cheese and seafood, but this might be worth a try!

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    Jenni Bennett — August 1, 2011 @ 8:31 am

    I love when I don’t know what to make for dinner and you go ahead and plan it for me. Thank you so much!

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    • Jessica — August 1st, 2011 @ 10:56 am

      That’s why I’m here… :)

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    Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles — August 1, 2011 @ 8:32 am

    I like your idea of balance better than that guy you live with. Who doesn’t just love cake batter, ANY time of day ALLLLL DAY?!?! That being said, this should satisfy him and it does look GREAT! :)

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    Kim in MD — August 1, 2011 @ 8:35 am

    Oh, woe is me…if only I could eat shrimp! ;-( It looks and sounds delicious!

    I did catch of few minutes of the end of the Bachlorette last night. I don’t normally watch it so I don’t know all of the details, but it looks like quite a lot of drama! :-)

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    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — August 1, 2011 @ 8:43 am

    Oh man, this looks good! For some reason my mom drilled into my head that fish + cheese was a no, no. Not sure why and definitely not sure why I listened for so many years. I would break the rules for this!

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    • Jessica — August 1st, 2011 @ 10:55 am

      That’s actually a VERY common rule! It is known that fish + cheese don’t go together. But I find brie to be an exception. :)

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    Rodzilla — August 1, 2011 @ 8:46 am

    Sounds great, I’m only recently starting to get into cheeses – I’m not a snob by any means, but stepping it up from land-o-lakes :D

    I ask the guys at the whole foods counter for recommendations sometimes, did you use any specific type of brie?

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    • Jessica — August 1st, 2011 @ 10:55 am

      Nope, just a soft, creamy brie made by Market District. :)

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    Amanda- The Nutritionist Reviews — August 1, 2011 @ 8:47 am

    That looks awesome! I’ve been craving shrimp for at least a month now and want to try this.

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    Jessica — August 1, 2011 @ 8:47 am

    You had me at brie… :)

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    Lynne @ 365 Days of Baking — August 1, 2011 @ 8:55 am

    Why is it our men need or want a more substantial dinner than just cake batter? I don`t understand!
    Dinner (or breakfast) looks great, Jessica!

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    Cait's Plate — August 1, 2011 @ 8:56 am

    “one shouldn’t live off fruit desserts, iced coffee, martinis and cupcakes alone” <– WHAT?! You've just shattered my entire image of a perfect diet!! ;)

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    • Jessica — August 1st, 2011 @ 10:54 am

      I know… sad right?

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      • Cait's Plate — August 1st, 2011 @ 11:41 am

        Totally. I saw we make it a diet anyway. We can market it and publish a book – it’ll be a sensation! ;)

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    Lauren — August 1, 2011 @ 9:09 am

    See..it can EVEN pass for breakfast with wine, as wine is practically grape juice…for grown ups. Glad we’re all on the same page here. :)

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    Steph @321delish — August 1, 2011 @ 9:20 am

    holy cow. Can I come live at your house? There is too much good food coming from your kitchen. I think you need help to eat it all.

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    • Jessica — August 1st, 2011 @ 10:54 am

      Yes… you do.

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    Nicole, RD — August 1, 2011 @ 9:24 am

    I would totally eat that for breakfast….or any time. Looks perfect! Shrimp cooked in wine is the best :)

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    Hilliary @ Happily Ever Healthy — August 1, 2011 @ 9:25 am

    Another great dinner idea!

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    Candace — August 1, 2011 @ 9:52 am

    This is beautiful!

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    Bev Weidner — August 1, 2011 @ 10:04 am

    I most definitely just fell straight out of my chair when I read the word “BRIE” in the title. Dear. God.
    This dinner has my name on it. Like, it says “BEVERLYWEIDNERNEEDSTHISMEAL” on it.

    not joking.

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    Ari@ThE DiVa DiSh — August 1, 2011 @ 10:10 am

    Oh my goodness! That picture of the cheese….it looks like it melts in your mouth :) Yum!!
    p.s. I was gonna say, “that picture, of you cutting the cheese…” haha, but I didn’t think that worked!

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    • Jessica — August 1st, 2011 @ 10:53 am

      LOL!

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    teresa — August 1, 2011 @ 10:13 am

    Oh Jesscia!
    If I made this for my greg…I’m NOT going to tell you WHAT he would do!!!!!!! ;)
    The crusty bread…oh yeah!
    This is a MASTERPIECE!
    xo
    ***pinning this…just in case I ever wanna REALLY get Greg’s attention! ;)

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    Katrina — August 1, 2011 @ 10:15 am

    This is a lovely combination!

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    Emily @ A Cambridge Story — August 1, 2011 @ 10:24 am

    Genius!! I could dip bread in this all day!

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    • Jessica — August 1st, 2011 @ 10:53 am

      ME TOO!

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    Aine @ Something to Chew Over — August 1, 2011 @ 10:26 am

    These are all my favourite foods in one dish, great job! :)

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    Molly — August 1, 2011 @ 10:33 am

    omg. this looks so good! I feel like I say that a lot on blogs… but WOW. mouth. still. watering.

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    • Jessica — August 1st, 2011 @ 10:52 am

      Thanks Molly!

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    emily — August 1, 2011 @ 10:34 am

    YUM.
    I know this isn’t very health conscious of me (not that I come here for that anyway, ha ha) but I am just craving white bread right now. craving it. And this looks like a great way to sneak it in….

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    • Jessica — August 1st, 2011 @ 10:52 am

      Totally acceptable. :)

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    Ashley — August 1, 2011 @ 10:49 am

    Whoa. Major creativity with this one!! The fluffiness of the bread makes my brain hurt…I want some bread!!!

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    • Jessica — August 1st, 2011 @ 10:52 am

      Ahhhh I wish you could have some of this fluffy bread!

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    Jodi @ Southern Flavored Life — August 1, 2011 @ 11:12 am

    Gah….yummy bread soaking um yummy sauce! yes, please!

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    thehealthyapron — August 1, 2011 @ 11:31 am

    I’m pretty sure my husband woudl go crazy over this! I might have to surprise him with a special dinner this weekend!

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    Girl in the pink — August 1, 2011 @ 11:31 am

    My husband loves shrimp and Brie, but I never thought to combine them for him- looks great!!

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    Sues — August 1, 2011 @ 11:46 am

    Yummmmm! If I must eat food that isn’t filled with sugar and butter, I guess I’d choose shrimp :) And this looks delightful!

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    CouponClippingCook — August 1, 2011 @ 11:56 am

    This looks so good…all of my favorite ingredients!

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    Laura (Cookies vs. Carrots) — August 1, 2011 @ 12:21 pm

    OMG, I want to swim in that pan with a lifeboat made of bread.

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    Gen — August 1, 2011 @ 12:25 pm

    Delicious!!! Obviously super healthy! :D Can’t wait to make it!

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    Michelle — August 1, 2011 @ 12:27 pm

    Aren’t all of the food groups in this dish? I think it’s appropriate for all times of the day!

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    Amanda — August 1, 2011 @ 12:45 pm

    Delicious! I love that you get to dip your bread in the sauce after eating the rest – yum!

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    Christa — August 1, 2011 @ 1:39 pm

    YUMMM! looks delicious!! need .bread. now!!!

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    Elizabeth — August 1, 2011 @ 1:55 pm

    I love your ideas of balance! Iced coffee, dessert, and the occasional banana and I’m good. :)

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    Pepper — August 1, 2011 @ 2:30 pm

    This looks magnificent!

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    [New Balance] Nicole — August 1, 2011 @ 2:52 pm

    YUM. That looks so amazing! Cheese seriously goes great with any dish!

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    Jackie @ That Deep Breath — August 1, 2011 @ 3:05 pm

    Alright, you’ve figured out my dinner. so…what’s for dessert?

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    Rosa - Fitness, Food, Fulfilled — August 1, 2011 @ 4:11 pm

    You would think the brie would totally overpower the subtle flavor of the shrimp, but this looks so good I want to try it. Yummy!

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    Laura — August 1, 2011 @ 4:23 pm

    This looks wonderfully fresh and yummy. Anything with shrimp in it is good eats in my book.

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    Jillian — August 1, 2011 @ 5:23 pm

    Wow! I immediately bought all of the ingredients for this because it looks fabulous! Making for a friend’s birthday dinner tomorrow night. Thanks for sharing!

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