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Sprinkle salt, chile flakes, and the mint all over the shrimp, then gently press in the seasonings.Reprinted with permission from Home Cooking with Jean-Georges: My Favorite Simple Recipes by Jean-Georges Vongerichten with Genevieve Ko.
YieldMakes about 1/2 cup
Active Time5 min
Total Time5 minIngredients1/2 cup Dea brand harissa2 teaspoons dried hot red-pepper flakes1/4 teaspoon salt1/4 teaspoon ground cumin2 tablespoons olive oilPreparation Blend harissa, red-pepper flakes, salt, and cumin in a food processor until puréed.Add oil and blend until incorporated.
Heat 2 tablespoons oil in heavy large saucepan over medium-high heat.For marinade and shrimp: Whisk lime juice, 3 tablespoons oil, and 2 tablespoons sambal in small bowl.
Add shrimp, turning to coat with oil mixture.Let stand at room temperature 15 minutes or refrigerate up to 2 hours.
YieldMakes 4 servingsIngredients2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil4 garlic cloves, 3 peeled and 1 minced6 small dried chili peppers or 1 teaspoon chili flakes1 pound bucatini2 tablespoons saltPreparation Heat 1/3 cup of the olive oil in a small skillet over a medium flame.Cool the garlic and chili 5 minutes, then crush in a mortar with a pestle into a coarse paste.