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Winter Salad and Southern Snow!

Posted Jan 27 2009 8:20pm
I still have no idea if this recipe is a casserole
or a salad. Perhaps it's a casserole salad? It's good warm (casserole) or cold (traditionally salad, although a salad could be either, I suppose). It contains all the elements of a main dish and even a "one dish" meal, which, again, lends itself to casserole, but it's light, crisp, and refreshing, which makes me think of a salad again...

Maybe it's a winter salad, since we awoke to SNOW in our yard this morning! I'm talking serious snow, too - several inches - which Does Not Happen here in the deep south... and hence is cause for a Huge Delight and Much Merriment and Celebration - and lots of cooking, and a new salad/casserole! (which also happens to be a scrumptious mixture of protein, fiber, veggie for our healthful 2008!) Enjoy, and let me know to which category you think it belongs!

Winter Casserole Salad

1 lb. shrimp, all inedible parts removed (aka peeled, deveined, and tails removed) OR 1lb. mock shrimp (usually made from seasoned whitefish) OR 1lb. vegetarian/vegan "fish," cut into small cubes
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 small onion, sliced thinly
1 tablespoons minced garlic
1 1/2 tsp lemon juice
1/4 cup red wine
1/4 cup vegetable or chicken stock
3 Tbsp light canola margarine, divided
1 Tbsp chopped parsley
1 cup cooked corn kernels
1 cup cooked brown rice
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

~ In a large skillet over medium-high heat, saute the shrimp or substitute of choice until just seared on each side, but not cooked through. Remove from the pan, and set aside.
~ Add the onions to the skillet and saute just until they begin to soften.
~ Add the garlic to the onions, and saute for another 30 seconds.
~ Add the lemon juice, red wine, and stock, and simmer until reduced by 2/3.
~ Return the shrimp or shrimp substitute to the pan and stir in 1 Tbsp margarine. Sprinkle with parsley.
~ Stir the remaining 2 Tbsp margarine into the corn.
~ Combine the shrimp (or "shrimp") mixture, corn, and rice altogether in a bowl or casserole dish. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve warm - or cold!

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