Jamaica, Tryall Club, Chef Kai Bechinger

Mar 1, 2012
2011 / March 2011

Try this recipe by Tryall Club Executive Chef Kai Bechinger.

Poached jerk-pepper shrimp with hot and spicy vine-ripe tomato couscous salad, green asparagus and triple-color bell pepper marmalade

16 spears green asparagus
16 U16/20 black tiger shrimp
6 cups cold water
1 teaspoon sugar
2 teaspoons sea salt
1 teaspoon fresh lime juice (or substitute lemon juice)
3 teaspoons jerk seasoning
1 or 2 scotch bonnet peppers
100 ml white wine
1 cup diced, seeded tomatoes
2 cups pre-cooked couscous
½ ounce butter

Trim 2 inches from the bottom of each asparagus spear. Peel the asparagus from just below the head to the bottom.  Retain the trimmed ends for the stock. Set the trimmed spears aside. Shell the shrimp, leaving the tail intact; devein and rinse. Retain the shrimp shells for the stock. Set aside the peeled shrimp.

In a non-reactive pot, combine water, shrimp shells, asparagus trimmings, sugar, sea salt, lime juice, jerk seasoning, scotch bonnet peppers and white wine. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes. Strain the stock into another pot and discard the peels and trimmings.

Return the stock to the heat and bring to a boil. Add the asparagus spears, reduce heat and simmer for 5-8 minutes, until the spears are al dente. Remove the asparagus from the pot; shock in ice water, dry and set aside.

Bring the stock to a boil again. Add the shrimp, reduce heat and simmer for 3-4 minutes. Remove the shrimp from the pot; shock in ice water, dry and set aside.

Strain the stock through a fine sieve or cheesecloth. Return the strained stock to the heat and bring to a simmer. Reduce to approximately 2 cups.

Place 2 cups of pre-cooked couscous in a bowl. Add 2 cups of boiling asparagus-shrimp stock. Let sit for 7-8 minutes. Fluff with a fork and add butter to taste.

Press a 1-inch layer of couscous into the bottom of a glass jar. Layer with ¼-inch of diced tomatoes. Add another 1-inch layer of couscous, followed by another layer of tomatoes and end with a layer of couscous.

For the triple-color pepper marmalade:

1 16-ounce jar pepper jelly
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon finely diced red bell pepper
1 tablespoon finely diced green bell pepper
1 tablespoon finely diced yellow bell pepper
2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
2 turns pepper (from a pepper mill)
Fine sea salt, to taste

Heat the olive oil in a small non-reactive pan over low heat. Add the bell peppers and sauté. Add remaining ingredients. Reduce by one-quarter. Keep warm until ready to plate.

Heat up a small non reactive pot under low heat add the olive oil and shortly sauté Triple Color Peppers then add all other ingredients and reduce by a ¼ . serve Marmalade warm

For the garnish:

12 strands spaghetti pasted, deep-fried to crispy golden brown
4 stems purple basil flower
4 sprigs fresh dill or fennel
2 small yellow plum tomatoes, sliced lengthwise
2 fresh limes, cut in quarters
Assorted baby lettuce
4 springs rosemary
4 bamboo skewers

PRESENTATION: Place 4 shrimp on each skewer. Place the skewers into the jars with the tomato and couscous layers and garnish as shown. Serve at room temperature.

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