Shrimp Piccata is an easy weeknight meal, the cauliflower takes a bit more time but is still doable under the weekday pressures. Mashed cauliflower will also reheat very well if you are the Sunday prep day type of person.
MASHED CAULIFLOWER INGREDIENTS
1 small head of cauliflower chopped
1/4 cup or more, whole milk
2 tbsp butter
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 tsp. Kosher salt and more to taste
pepper to taste
Fill a medium pot halfway with water. Add cauliflower and cover pot. Bring to a boil, cook until florets are easily pierced with a knife, about 8 minutes. Drain well and transfer to a food processor.
Add milk, butter, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. Purée until smooth, adding more milk if needed. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp butter, divided
12 oz. uncooked peeled, deveined, large shrimp
1 medium shallot sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
¼ cup chicken broth
¼ cup dry white wine
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp drained capers
Salt and Pepper to taste
Red pepper flakes to taste (optional)
Heat the oil and one tablespoon of butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. In the meantime pat the shrimp dry with paper towels.
Add the shrimp to the skillet. Cook the shrimp, flipping after one minute. Once the shrimp turns opaque and is slightly undercooked remove from the skillet with a slotted spoon and set aside.
Add the shallot and garlic the skillet. Cook for 1 minute, stirring occasionally. If you like a little heat, this is a good time to add some red pepper flakes. Add the chicken broth, wine, lemon juice and capers, stir to combine. Bring the sauce to a simmer and let it cook for 5 minutes. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
Add the shrimp back to the skillet with any juice. Cook for 1 minute, or until the shrimp is cooked through. Remove the skillet from the heat. Add butter and serve immediately atop the creamy mashed cauliflower.