Honey Walnut and Blue Cheese Shrimp

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Honey Walnut and Blue Cheese Shrimp with Sweet Potato Noodles - a sophisticated but easy seafood recipe with tons of flavor! Super creamy with a bit of crunch! | cupcakesandkalechips.com | gluten free, grain free

If there’s a celebration, you know #SundaySupper has to be there, especially when it is Gallo Family Vineyards’ signature event – National Moscato Day! I’m bringing a dish to the party that is simple enough to make any day of the week, but sophisticated enough for a special occasion. You’ll love the explosion of flavors and textures in this Honey Walnut and Blue Cheese Shrimp with Sweet Potato Noodles.

Honey Walnut and Blue Cheese Shrimp with Sweet Potato Noodles

Honey Walnut and Blue Cheese Shrimp with Sweet Potato Noodles - a sophisticated but easy seafood recipe with tons of flavor! Super creamy with a bit of crunch! | cupcakesandkalechips.com | gluten free, grain free

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Gallo Family Vineyards via Sunday Supper, LLC. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author, and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Gallo Family Vineyards.

While I’ve never been one of those to want to ignore my birthday, even as I’ve gotten to my mid-thirties when people start to deny that they are getting another year older, I don’t really mind it. But I’ve never made a big deal out of it either. I guess since it always falls on or near Thanksgiving, it’s often seemed kind of secondary to preparation and feasting for the big holiday. Usually my candles got stuck in the pumpkin pie, despite my preference for ice cream cake.

As far as holidays go, I love Christmas, but I do get sucked up into the cooking and baking, and yes, even buying gifts. So as enjoyable as it is, there is also a fair amount of work involved. The patriotic holidays are fine, because who doesn’t love a good barbecue? But since I can spend many quiet weekdays at the beach and boardwalk while visiting my mom all summer, I tend to avoid the crowds that pretty much make it standing room only on those busy weekends. Easter is usually a nice family day, except that the past few years it’s either been freezing or I’ve had a newborn or I’ve been super giant pregnant. And of course my boys’ birthdays are very special to me, but we are beyond the big first birthday celebrations and not quite to the twenty classmates running around craziness.

But I think what I most enjoy celebrating is my anniversary. For the first few years of our marriage, before kids came in to the picture, The Hubby and I would go away for a weekend or several days to celebrate. We went to Niagara Falls and Cooperstown, Las Vegas, and even a weekend down the shore in Wildwood. We’ve gotten away for our anniversary once or twice since we started having children, one time for a weekend in Cape May and another in Annapolis (though that was more about house-hunting in Maryland). But whether we are home or away, we always make plans to go out to a special restaurant to enjoy a fabulous meal together. It’s one of the things we most enjoy doing – eating incredible food and sampling wonderful wine as we chat about our meal and our time together. August 18th is definitely one of the biggest events of my year.

And what event is the biggest day of the year for Gallo Family Vineyards? It’s National Moscato Day on May 9th! Gallo Family established this holiday four years ago to celebrate a wine that they have come to be known for. In fact, they even have three varieties – Red, Pink, and White – all boasting a perfect sweetness that just calls to be served chilled, especially during the warm weather seasons. But each has their own unique flavor profile to complement a wide variety of dishes, from appetizers to desserts, or even just to sip on the porch on a sunny summer afternoon.

For such a special occasion, I had to come up with a special dish…

Honey Walnut and Blue Cheese Shrimp with Sweet Potato Noodles - a sophisticated but easy seafood recipe with tons of flavor! Super creamy with a bit of crunch! | cupcakesandkalechips.com | gluten free, grain free

The first time I had honey walnut shrimp was at a very traditional Chinese wedding reception. I had no idea such a flavor combination was typical of that cuisine. Recently I saw this lightened up version, and I knew I had to make it, but as I was preparing it, I started going through my fridge, and inspiration struck in the form of blue cheese. I don’t know possessed me, because who puts shrimp and blue cheese together, especially in an Asian-inspired dish? But with the honey and walnuts, and just a little kick from some red pepper flakes, the tangy, creamy additional of blue cheese just took the flavors over the top. I could have served it over rice, but I wanted more flavor! I’ve been spiraling everything lately, and I just couldn’t resist the call of the sweet potatoes in my pantry. Truly original and inspired! And surprisingly quick and easy for such a fancy-ish dish.

I’ve also made this dish using my spiralizer to make butternut squash noodles (squoodles?!), and it was equally amazing. So if you want to up the veggie factor or lower the carb factor, that’s another option for you. Or just serve the shrimp and sauce over rice or pasta!

Honey Walnut and Blue Cheese Shrimp with Sweet Potato Noodles - a sophisticated but easy seafood recipe with tons of flavor! Super creamy with a bit of crunch! | cupcakesandkalechips.com | gluten free, grain free

With so many flavors going on in this dish, I chose to pair it with the Red Moscato, for something just bold enough to complement and not compete with the dish, with the sweetness being a lovely balance to the slight undertone of spice. Plus I think that the colors of this dish along with the hue of the wine just look so pretty together. However, I don’t think you could go wrong with the Pink Moscato or White Moscato either. The White Moscato would give a nod to the Chinese origin of this recipe, since the sweet citrusy flavor balances spicy Asian dishes. This is a wine I would choose on nights we order Thai takeout. And the uniqueness of Pink Moscato highlights the uniqueness of the flavor combination in the dish, though I’d be happy to just have a glass, maybe with a little fruit and cheese for an afternoon nosh.

Not sure which one you want to try? Then take the Moscatofy Yourself quiz to find your perfect Moscato match.

Honey Walnut and Blue Cheese Shrimp with Sweet Potato Noodles - a sophisticated but easy seafood recipe with tons of flavor! Super creamy with a bit of crunch! | cupcakesandkalechips.com | gluten free, grain free

Gallo Family is ready for Moscato Day, and they have some inspiration for you to plan your own celebration. And of course no party is complete without presents, so they have a fabulous Moscato Day Twitter party and sweepstakes where you can chat all things Red, White, and Pink, and win some fun prizes.

Though we are celebrating Moscato, don’t forget to check out the other wines of Gallo Family Vineyards. Then be sure to connect with Gallo Family on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or YouTube, and check out the store locator to find their wines near you! 

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Are you ready to plan your menu to celebrate Moscato Day? Check out the recipes at the bottom of this post and on the Recipes Paired With Wine Pinterest Board!

Honey Walnut and Blue Cheese Shrimp with Sweet Potato Noodles - a sophisticated but easy seafood recipe with tons of flavor! Super creamy with a bit of crunch! | cupcakesandkalechips.com | gluten free, grain free

So which would you choose to celebrate National Moscato Day – Red, Pink or White?

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Honey Walnut Shrimp with blue cheese on sweet potato noodles
5 from 3 votes

Honey Walnut and Blue Cheese Shrimp

And easy but impressive seafood dinner with so many flavors and textures.
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 20 mins
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt divided
  • 1 lb sweet potatoes or butternut squash, spralized
  • 1 lb shrimp peeled and deveined (I used 41/50 medium shrimp)
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 1/2 cup toasted chopped walnuts I baked them in the oven while it was preheating

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Toss sweet potato noodles with 1 Tablespoon olive oil and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.
  • While the sweet potatoes are in the oven, season the shrimp with 1/2 teaspoon salt, red pepper flakes and garlic.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium high heat and add the olive oil.
  • Add the shrimp and cook for about 2-3 minutes until they start to turn pink. Turn the shrimp and cook for another minute or two.
  • Stir in the the Greek yogurt and honey and toss to coat.
  • Add sweet potato noodles, blue cheese, and walnuts to the pan, and toss gently to mix.
Nutrition Facts
Honey Walnut and Blue Cheese Shrimp
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 570 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Fat 27g42%
Saturated Fat 8g40%
Cholesterol 312mg104%
Sodium 2009mg84%
Potassium 676mg19%
Carbohydrates 44g15%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 23g26%
Protein 37g74%
Vitamin A 16380IU328%
Vitamin C 7.6mg9%
Calcium 424mg42%
Iron 3.7mg21%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Honey Walnut and Blue Cheese Shrimp with Sweet Potato Noodles - a sophisticated but easy seafood recipe with tons of flavor! Super creamy with a bit of crunch! | cupcakesandkalechips.com | gluten free, grain free
30 Comments
  1. Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes

    I just bought a spiralizer and I need some inspiration! I think I just found it! 🙂 Thank you for joining us at Freedom Fridays! Pinned and scheduled a Facebook share! Have a great weekend, Andi! 🙂

  2. I’m not sure if I can express how much I love this any more than I already have haha. I think I’m going to try it with butternut squash instead of the potato for a low-carb version, I’ll let you know how it turns out!

  3. I’ve never even heard of honey walnut shrimp, but I wouldn’t hesitate to dive right in! Your lightened up version looks fabulous!!!!

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