Roasted Basil Butter Parmesan Shrimp.

I’m making you a list today.

It’s called “Things We Need In Life” and has lots of important bullet points. Butter. Sunsets. S’mores. Wine. Bonfires. Air conditioning. Books.

Oh and peanut butter with spoons.

Stuff like that.

I’m working on another one too. Called “Things We Don’t Need In Life”… with a few more suggestions. Work. Broccoli. Fakeness. Sunday nights. NASCAR. Framed Scarface posters. Monday mornings. Snoring.

Ah and calories are on that list too. Who the heck needs calories?

They’re sort of like high school reunions or something. I mean, like why do we even need those today? Right? Helllllooo Facebook. Thanks to that wonderful stalking tool, I know every single thing about you, person I went to high school with. I know what color your painted your bedroom walls, what you ate for dinner two weeks ago, what your kids’ names are and the first time they used the potty (um, CAN WE PLEASE STOP THAT?! thanks.), where you live, the actual STREET which you live on (haven’t you learned anything about the scary internet?), the lyrics to your favorite sappy song, the lyrics to your favorite “I’m drunk” song, the deal you scored at Target last week, the deer that ate all the apples off your backyard apple tree, your every outrageous belief ranging from politics to religion to shopping and the shots of you on the beach that hinder on the edge of inappropriateness. By the way, WHY did you request me as a friend again? I wasn’t cool enough for you in high school, but now I’m cool enough to see the first pair of big-girl underpants you bought for your toddler? I think it’s ’bout time we reevaluate this relationship. A good place to start would be the “unfriend” button.

SO yeah… sorry… I don’t need to see your face in a bar and reunite from the last ten years. A reunion from when? Your last status update 20 minutes ago? I bet soooo much has happened since.

And P.S. I don’t need no stinking calories either.

That’s why… I’m pretending my meals are calorie free from now on. I mean, I can delete things on Facebook so I’m just going to start deleting calories too. Starting with this shrimp. Because I added some green stuff to the butter, which essentially sucked out all of the calories and made it perfectly acceptable to add cold slices all over piping hot shrimp and watch them melt into rivers and streams. I can’t even. And that pool of herby, salted butter up there? Works wonders with a loaf of pull-apart bread. I learned that myself.

And the shrimp… it can go on pasta too. We did that. And we ate it on crostini. And then we ate it with even more butter. And you didn’t even know because I didn’t put it on Facebook. Who would’ve thought?


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Roasted Basil Butter Parmesan Shrimp

Yield: serves 2-4

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature

3 tablespoons fresh chopped basil

2 pounds raw, peeled and deveined shrimp

1 1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon pepper

2 tablespoons olive oil

1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan

additional fresh basil and cilantro for sprinkling

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Combine butter, basil and 1/4 teaspoon salt together in a small bowl, mixing to combine. Place butter on a piece of plastic wrap, shaping it into a ball or a log and wrapping it up. Set in the fridge to harden.

Add shrimp to a large baking dish. Cover in salt, pepper and olive oil, tossing to coat. Roast for 10-12 minutes (or longer or shorter for the size of your shrimp, I actually roasted mine for 15 minutes because they were super jumbo. Just keep an eye on them and the minute they are pink, remove from the oven.) then remove and slice basil butter over top. Cover in parmesan and another sprinkling of herbs, then serve immediately.

Oh… but I did put it on my blog. And THEN my blog’s Facebook. Does that count? Darnit.