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Pascal Manale's Pepper Shrimp

Ingredients:

  • 5 pounds large shrimp (7 pounds with head on)
  • 1 lbs butter
  • 1/2 cup freshly-ground black pepper

Preparation:

Rinse and drain shrimp and place them, unpeeled, in a single layer in a large shallow baking pan. Cut each stick of butter in two to make eight pieces and place on top of the shrimp. Grind peppercorns in a spice grinder or blender to make 1/2 cup and sprinkle the pepper evenly over the shrimp. Bake at 350°s; F for 45 minutes, turning the shrimp at least twice to absorb the pepper-butter on all sides.

Serve directly from the pan with a loaf of sliced French bread so that guests can peel the shrimp as they go and sop up the sauce with hunks of bread.

Makes 4 to 8

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