Breaded Thyme Shrimp over Pasta

I just kind of threw this recipe the other day.  I wanted something that would be pretty quick to make, and I was really in the mood for pasta, but something more than just some pasta with sauce thrown on top.

I had a bunch of shrimp in my freezer, so I decided to try to bread it.  This was delicious!  The breading was so incredibly flavorful! I got this method for breading from Tyler Florence, Rosemary-Garlic Chicken Legs. (Btw, I did try this chicken recipe and it is fabulous! I forgot to take pics so no blog post though.)

1 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 c flour
1 c panko
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 garlic clove, minced
2-3 sprigs thyme, leaves removed and roughly chopped
3 T olive oil

Pasta, cooked
Pasta sauce
Parmesan cheese, for serving

For the breading process you'll need three bowls.  In the first bowl put in your flower and season with salt and pepper, in the second add your egg seasoned with salt and pepper, and in the third add the panko.

Use a mortar and pestle and crush together the garlic, thyme, 1 T olive oil, salt and pepper.  This process really brings out the flavor of the thyme.  With a fork, mix this into the panko as evenly as you can.

In a large skillet heat your remaining oil over medium heat.  Dry your shrimp well with paper towels or clean kitchen towels to help the breading stick.

First dip the shrimp in the flour, until fully but lightly coated.  Dip it in the eggs and then finally in the panko mixture.  Press panko mixture onto shrimp to make it stick.

Set shrimp on a plate until they are all coated, then put them into the skillet.  You may need to do two batches so they are not too crowded.

Cook for about 1-2 minutes per side, until cooked through.  Remove from skillet and serve over pasta with sauce.  Serve sprinkled with Parmesan cheese.


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