Escondidinho de Camarão
Escondidinho de camarão is another popular Brazilian dish and can be served as the main course or as an appetizer. Ramequins are prepared by layering a generous serving of shrimp cooked in tomatoes and spices then requeijão (cream cheese) and yucca puree. As a final touch, they are sprinkled with freshly grated parmesan cheese and placed into the broiler until the top slightly browns and crisps. If you have never tasted yucca puree, it is similar in taste and texture to mashed potatoes. I absolutely love this dish and I encourage you to try it!
Makes 2 appetizer portions
Ingredients for yucca puree:
1 cup fully cooked yucca in cubes
1-2 tbsp. butter
1/4 cup heavy cream
pinch of nutmeg
salt, pepper to taste
Ingredients for shrimp:
* 10-12 fully cooked jumbo shrimp, peeled and tails off
1/4 white onion, finely chopped
3 large garlic cloves, finely minced
3 Roma tomatoes, finely chopped
handful of fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
red pepper flakes, according to taste (optional)
salt/pepper to taste
*If you use uncooked shrimp, cook them separately in olive oil then set them aside and introduce them into the tomato stew at the end.
4-6 tbsp. mascarpone cheese or cream cheese (Brazilians use Catupiry but it’s difficult to find it in U.S. supermarkets)
2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
– In a small pot, add cubed yucca, heavy cream, and butter. Heat.
– Mash yucca into puree and season with salt, pepper, and nutmeg according to taste. Set aside.
– In a large pan, add about 2 tbsp. of olive oil. Heat.
– Add onion and cook for 2 minutes. Add garlic and cook for an additional minute.
– Add chopped tomatoes and cook for 4-5 minutes on medium heat.
– Stir in salt and pepper and adjust flavors according to your preference. Add red pepper flakes now if you like it spicy (optional).
– Add cooked shrimp and cook until tomatoes begin to fall apart. Careful not to overcook the shrimp.
– Remove from heat and stir in fresh cilantro.
Prepare your ramequins:
– Separate the shrimp and tomato mixture into two ramequins.
– Next add 2 tbsp. of cream cheese and spread over both portions.
– Follow with a thick layer of yucca puree
– Top with parmesan cheese and place in the broiler for 1-2 minutes or until the parmesan cheese slightly browns.
– Serve immediately. Enjoy!