One of my staple meals is Cheesy Shrimpy Thing. The meal didn’t have a name so growing up it gradually went from “We are having the pasta with the shrimp and vegetables and brie” to “We are having the brie shrimp pasta dish” to “We are having Cheesy Shrimpy Thing.” My mom and I swear it came from a family friend but the last time I commented that I made her Cheesy Shrimpy Thing she did not want the credit – probably from our butchering of the name.
I went to a grocery store after work to get all the ingredients prior to running home and whipping some Cheesy Shrimpy Thing up for game night and had so much difficulty finding the brie only to discover they did not have brie. I was in shock and continually walking around the circular cheese area googling what brie substitutions would be. I decided that I would go with blue brie and babybel and make two options. I also decided I would make them choose which they liked better.
The two look very similar (because they are) but here they are:
Here are the selections:
Kevin – Babybel Cheesy Shrimpy Thing
Rachel – Taste of the Blue Brie but texture of the babybel
Kim – Blue brie
Collen – Babybel (because she doesn’t eat blue cheese)
Me – Blue brie
Rachel also thought of a third alternative that I didn’t think of – Camembert.
I think the answer is that everyone should make a version of this dish and then continually alter it until each person has their own staple meal and thus we can enjoy all the variations. I claim the Brie Cheesy Shrimpy Thing.
The Loose Recipe
Curly Pasta (originally long fusilli that is impossible to find)
Brie or some sort of soft flavorful cheese
Vegetable Stir Fry of some sort (I like some combination of squash and peppers and then in the winter I usually use broccoli or sugar snap peas or snow peas)
Cut up the tomatoes and cheese and add to a large bowl. Coat with olive oil. Set this aside.
Depending a little on you vegetables, but start your longest cooking veggies (squash) and saute them in a little olive oil on the stove. Then add your shrimp and you other veggies.
Cook the pasta.
Add shrimp, veggie stir fry, and pasta to bowl with tomatoes and cheese. Stir quickly after adding to make sure the cheese melts evenly. I always feel like I’m stirring forever, but it is helpful to stir a lot to evenly coat all the ingredients with the melty gooey cheese. Yum!
Let me know how all the variations go and if any are worthy trying.
Oh and there was a surprise for game night. Colleen brought a cookie cake.
If you are still confused about the cookie cake, it is a layer of cookies and then a layer of icing and then a layer of cookies and then a layer of icing until you have a nice semi-pryamid cookie cake. Her layers were alternating cookie types including chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, and nilla wafers. Apparently I requested those cookie types when she told me about the cake (but that slipped my mind in the excitement of the cake). It was kind of like a deconstructed cookie ball. Bonus she made it the day before so it was the perfect amount melt-in-your-mouth chewy.