Shrimp and Pickled Celery

Shrimp and Pickled Celery

Shrimp and Pickled Celery

Tender, simmered celery is paired with shrimp and lightly pickled for a uniquely flavorful appetizer.André Baranowski

In this flavorful appetizer based on a recipe in Canal House Cooking, volume number two, celery is simmered until tender and then paired with shrimp and lightly pickled.

Shrimp and Pickled Celery
In this flavorful appetizer based on a recipe in <em>Canal House Cooking</em>, volume number two, celery is simmered until tender and then paired with shrimp and lightly pickled.
Yield: serves 6-8

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 cup mirin
  • 14 cup fresh lemon juice
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • 3 tbsp. sugar
  • 14 tsp. crushed red chile flakes
  • 1 (2") piece ginger, thinly sliced
  • 20 black peppercorns
  • 10 juniper berries
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 2 sticks cinnamon
  • 4 whole celery hearts, leaves reserved for garnish
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 12 lb. medium unpeeled shrimp
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for serving
  • Lemon wedges, for serving

Instructions

  1. Combine vinegar, mirin, lemon juice, salt, sugar, chile flakes, ginger, 12 peppercorns, juniper berries, 2 bay leaves, cinnamon, and 1 cup water in a 2-qt. saucepan over medium heat; cook, stirring often, until salt and sugar have dissolved, 3–5 minutes. Transfer brine to a large bowl; chill brine.
  2. Put celery into a 4-qt. saucepan; cover with 8 cups water. Add remaining peppercorns and bay leaves, along with wine; season with salt. Cover and bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until celery is tender, 18–20 minutes. Using tongs, transfer celery to chilled brine. Add shrimp to the poaching liquid; cook until just pink, 1–2 minutes. Transfer shrimp to a bowl; let cool. Peel and devein shrimp; add to brine. Cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate, turning occasionally, for at least 1 hour or as long as overnight. To serve, slice celery diagonally; divide celery and shrimp between plates. Season with salt, drizzle with oil, and serve with lemon wedges.