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“Popcorn Shrimp and Cheesy Spinach Orzo”

I personally don’t talk about seafood a lot on the blog and there’s a reason. I’m not much of a fan, never have been. No matter how much you tell me it doesn’t taste like fish, chances are I probably will think it tastes just like fish.

However…

I’m thinking that I could probably become a fan of this recipe. You can’t go wrong with popcorn anything… and when you throw something cheesy in the mix. Sold.


Popcorn Shrimp and Cheesy Spinach Orzo

Serves: 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes | Cook Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

1 (20 ounce) package SeaPak® Popcorn Shrimp
2 cups chicken stock
1 pound orzo pasta
1 cup heavy cream
¼ cup olive oil
8 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
4 cups fresh baby spinach, washed and stems removed
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

Directions:

Preheat oven to 450ºF.
Bake Popcorn Shrimp according to package directions.
Meanwhile, in a large pot over medium-high heat, add the chicken stock and enough water to come fill the pot just over half full. Sprinkle with salt and bring to a boil. Stir in orzo and boil until just tender but firm to the bite, stirring occasionally (approximately 8 minutes). Drain well and return to pot. Reduce heat to low and stir in the cream, oil, cheeses and dill. Season with salt and pepper. Gently fold in the spinach and cook just until spinach has wilted and cheese is well incorporated (approximately 5 minutes). To serve, spoon cheesy spinach orzo mixture into a large serving bowl or 4 individual bowls and top with hot popcorn shrimp.

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