Hot and Sour Shrimp with Watercress and Walnuts

Bon Appetit February 1991 A light marinade of Sherry and ginger flavors the shrimp, which are stir fried with red bell pepper and green onions. Watercress makes a colorful bed for the shrimp. 4 Servings Serve with Ginger Poached Spiced Pears for Dessert

Hot and Sour Shrimp with Watercress and Walnuts
Hot and Sour Shrimp with Watercress and Walnuts

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servings

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

Ingredients

  • 1

    lb large uncooked shrimp, peeled deveined and butterflied

  • 4

    tbsp dry Sherry

  • 1

    tbsp grated peeled fresh ginger

  • 1/2

    cup chicken stock or canned broth

  • 2

    tbsp soy sauce

  • 2

    tbsp catsup

  • 1

    tbsp cornstarch

  • 1

    tbsp rice vinegar or white wine vinegar

  • 1

    tbsp sugar

  • 1

    tsp oriental sesame oil

  • 1/4

    tsp cayenne pepper

  • 6

    tsp peanut oil

  • 2

    tbsp chopped walnuts

  • 3

    bunches watercress, trimmed

  • 2

    medium red bell peppers, cut into 1 inch squares

  • 2

    garlic cloves, minced

  • 8

    green onions, cut diagonally into 1 inch long pieces

Directions

Combine shrimp, 2 tbsp Sherry and grated ginger in large bowl. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Mix remaining 2 tbsp Sherry, chicken stock, soy sauce, catsup, cornstarch, rice vinegar, sugar, sesame oil and cayenne pepper in small bowl. Heat 2 tsp peanut oil in wok or heavy large skillet over high heat. Add walnuts and stir fry 1 minute. Transfer walnuts to plate using slotted spoon. Add watercress to wok and stir fry until just wilted, about 1 minute. Divide watercress among plates. Add 2 tsp peanut oil, bell pepper and garlic to wok and stir fry 1 minute. Add remaining 2 tsp peanut oil, shrimp mixture and onions and stir fry 1 minute. Stir stock mixture, add to the wok and cook sauce until clear and thick, stirring frequently, 2 minutes. Spoon sauce and shrimp over watercress. Sprinkle with walnuts and serve.

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