Honey Walnut and Blue Cheese Shrimp
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
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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…
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!
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.
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.
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Honey Walnut and Blue Cheese Shrimp
- 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
- 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.
Here are a few more pairing ideas…
- Red Moscato with Dark Chocolate Orange Ricotta Tart with Honey Almond Crust
- Pink Moscato with Maple Sesame Glazed Salmon
- White Moscato with Cheesy Chipotle Chicken Sausage Chowder
- Mixed Berry Moscato Smoothie by Casa de Crews
- Moscato Pink Lemonade by Life Tastes Good
- Sparkling Strawberry Grapefruit Moscato Punch by Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch
- Summer Berry Sangria by One Sweet Mess
- Moscato Marinated Grapes by Nosh My Way
- Spicy Hummus with Jalapeno Cilantro Salsa by Recipe for Perfection
- Chorizo Carbonara by Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen
- Duck with Moscato Peach Sauce by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Grilled Blackened Shrimp Lettuce Wraps with Moscato Fruit Salsa by Simply Healthy Family
- Halibut en Papillote with Moscato-Onion Jam by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
- Honey Walnut and Blue Cheese Shrimp with Sweet Potato Noodles by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Lemon Leek Moscato Chicken by Shockingly Delicious
- Pineapple Avocado Spinach Salad by Family Foodie
- Berry Peach Citrus Crisp by Desserts Required
- Donauwelle Kuchen (Danube Wave Cake) by Magnolia Days
- Moscato Mixed Berry Pie by Peanut Butter and Peppers
- Moscato Pudding Parfaits by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Moscato White Chocolate Sabayon with Raspberries by Recipes Food and Cooking
- Strawberry Basil Upside Down Cake by The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
- Sugar Cookie Fruit Tarts by Alida’s Kitchen
- Celebrating Moscato Day on the Sunday Supper Movement Website