This year I had to work on New Year’s Eve and day so my husband and I celebrated a few nights early with a delicious meal and fabulous wine. We started with a shrimp appetizer, a great Martha Stewart recipe that is a spicy, glazed shrimp. We then had NY steaks with a blue cheese butter and a side of asparagus.
For The Shrimp
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon finely grated lime zest, plus 1/4 cup fresh lime juice (from 3 to 4 limes)
1 tablespoon Asian chili paste (such as sambal oelek; ethnicfoodsco.com)
1 tablespoon Asian fish sauce (such as nam pla; amazon.com)
Safflower oil, for brushing
36 large shrimp (about 3 pounds), peeled and deveined (tails left intact; optional)
Soak 12 wooden skewers in water for 30 minutes to prevent charring.
Meanwhile, make the sauce: Bring sugar and lime juice to a simmer in a small saucepan. Cook, stirring, until sugar dissolves, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in lime zest, chili paste, and fish sauce. Season with salt.
Make the shrimp: Heat grill to high. Brush grates with oil. Thread 3 shrimp onto each skewer; season with salt. Divide sauce in half; reserve half for serving. Grill shrimp for 1 minute; brush with sauce. Flip, and grill for 1 minute more; brush with sauce again. Flip, and grill, brushing occasionally with sauce, until opaque, 1 to 3 minutes more. Serve with reserved sauce.
Blue Cheese Butter
1 stick unsalted butter, slightly softened
1/4 cup crumbled Cabrales blue cheese
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh thyme
Salt and freshly cracked black pepper
Combine the butter, cheese, and thyme in a bowl and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for 30 minutes.