Saturday, December 20, 2008

'Buon Natale' or Merry Christmas!

/PRNewswire/ -- Around the world, Italians commemorate Christmas Eve by serving a meal made up of seven different seafood dishes! Today, serving seafood on Christmas Eve isn't just for the Italians; it is becoming a popular Christmas Eve alternative for Americans.

SeaPak Shrimp Company (http://www.seapak.com/) has been offering ready- made varieties of shrimp for 60 years, and just last Christmas, Real Simple magazine recognized SeaPak's Jumbo Butterfly Shrimp among the top 12 appetizers in the frozen food section that "require almost no work, leaving you with plenty of energy to be the life of the party." They tested 127 varieties of the best frozen foods sold in supermarkets, and raved about SeaPak Shrimp's crispy coating and juicy shrimp inside.

For Christmas Eve, wonderful meals and appetizers using shrimp, or any of SeaPak's delicious seafood products, are sure to be the first off the plate. Shrimp is not only delicious, it's popular! It remains the No.1-selling seafood in America, and for good reason: Everyone loves it and it's a great addition to hundreds of great recipes that always wow a crowd.

"I've never hosted a party when my shrimp wasn't the first one I had to restock," said Jenna Guthrie, recipe director and marketing manager for SeaPak Shrimp Company. "Shrimp is the perfect answer to a memorable Christmas Eve meal, and we make it easy! Here's a simple, festive recipe with red tomatoes and green spinach that we're sure will please your guests:"

Shrimp Scampi Saute with Tomatoes and Spinach
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 11 minutes
Makes: 4 servings


Ingredients

1 carton (16 oz) SeaPak(R) Shrimp Scampi - Tails On, frozen
1 bag (about 6 - 10 oz) fresh baby spinach
1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes
8 oz linguine, cooked and drained (about 4 cups)
Grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

COOK the shrimp in a 12" skillet for 6 minutes.
ADD the spinach and tomatoes. Cook and stir for about 5 to 6 minutes more
or until the shrimp turn pink and spinach wilts.
ADD pasta to the skillet and toss to coat. Portion onto plates and top
with sprinkle of Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.

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