Summer is in full swing here in Ontario. And it’s about time!! We had such a dismal Spring, that we thought Summer would never get here. But it has, and life is good!
With summer comes all the fresh produce that grows so well around Toronto. We have access to some of the best produce in the country. Between the Holland Marsh and the Niagara region, we are surrounded by amazing farms, orchards, and vineyards. And thankfully, the farmers lovingly bring their wares down to almost every neighbourhood farmers market for us all to enjoy.
It’s really hard to go to the market and not come home with more than we need. I mean, there are only two of us, and it’s not like I have a cold cellar or walk in freezer. So why can’t I just purchase what I need for the week? I’ll tell you why. It all looks so GOOD! It’s hard to stop with just the tomatoes and kale we may use this week, when the peppers, radishes, carrots and herbs all looks so tempting. I’m getting better at it though. Self discipline is an ongoing project.
It’s the beginning of July and we’re now at the official start of summer- Canada’s long weekend! I started thinking about how I could take all our Canadian produce and create an twist on an iconic Canadian cocktail: the Bloody Caesar. Yes, that misunderstood drink (as far as the rest of the world goes) but most beloved here in our land. I’ve given you the recipe for a classic Caesar here, but this time I wanted to take it out of it’s comfort zone. This would be a shrimp, chorizo and rice dish. But with the classic Caesar flavours. Kind of like a paella, but instead of plain stock, Clamato juice or Caesar mix would help fluff out the rice. The seasonings would be all the spices and heat that we have come to expect from our Bloody Caesar. And instead of a stalk of celery sticking up in the glass, celery, olives and onions would be in the pilaf itself. Add some spicy meat (‘cuz life is better with some spicy meat in it!) and it’s a great dish for the family or for entertaining. Perfect for a Canadian summer’s eve, or even later in the year when we start to think of getting cozy.
Since this dish is almost like a paella, then why not pull out your paella pan, dust it off and put it to good use. What, you don’t have a paella pan or braiser? Well, thankfully, if you’re in Canada, you can actually win the perfect pan right now!! I’ve partnered with All-Clad to share their stunning 3 quart Copper Core Sauteuse with Domed Lid with one of my lucky Instagram followers.
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Bloody Caesar Shrimp and Chorizo Pilaf
All the classic flavours of Canada's cocktail in a zesty pilaf of shrimp, chorizo, veggies and spices. Perfect for a crowd!
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 strips bacon , diced
- 3/4 cup diced onion
- 2 garlic cloves , minced
- 3/4 cup diced celery
- 3/4 cup diced pepper , green or red
- 3/4 cup diced tomatoes and liquids
- 2 tsp prepared horseradish (or more to taste, depending on if your Caesar mix is spiced or not)
- 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1/2 tsp fresh cracked pepper
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 2/3 cups long grain rice
- 1 1/4 cups chicken stock
- 1 cup Clamato juice or Caesar Mix
- 1 lb dry cured spicy or hot chorizo , sliced
- 12 extra large Tiger shrimp , shelled and deveined
- 1 tsp of hot pepper flakes
- 1/2 lemon , juiced
- 2 tbsp fresh parsley , chopped
- 1/4 cup sliced green or kalamata olives
Heat 1 tsp of the olive oil in a wide shallow pan (with a lid) at medium heat. Add the bacon and stir until just crispy.
Raise the heat to medium high. Add the onions and sauté until just tender.
Add the garlic and stir for 30 seconds.
Add the celery and pepper. Stir for about 5 minutes until just tender. Add the extra 2 tsp of oil at this time as well.
Add the tomato and juices, the horseradish, Worcestershire sauce and salt, pepper and cayenne pepper, and stir to blend.
Add the rice and stir to coat evenly.
Add the chicken stock and the Caesar mix or Clamato juice. Bring to a boil.
Once the liquids are bubbling, nestle the shrimp into the rice, and toss the chorizo around the rice.
Cover and reduce the heat to minimum. Let it simmer away for 30 minutes.
Uncover and check to see if the liquid has all been incorporated into the rice. If not, conitnue to cook for another few minutes, uncovered.
Before serving, fluff with a fork, sprinkle with the hot pepper flakes, lemon juice and parsley. Toss sliced olives over the entire dish.
Please get extra large shrimp. Any smaller, and you run the risk over overcooking them before the rice is finished cooking.
If you can't find Clamato Juice or Caesar mix, you can use clam juice, seafood stock, or even Bloody Mary mix. If any of these are unseasoned, you may want to increase the horseradish, Worcestershire sauce and hot pepper flakes.
This will serve six most comfortably.