Saturday, September 19, 2020

Shrimp and Scallops in a Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

A few days ago, we were discussing a desire to eat some of the shrimp we had in the freezer and I remembered the recently published recipe for this dish that I had saved form Chef Dennis on his Ask Chef Dennis blog.  The red pepper sauce seemed like a very different way to serve seafood and Bev gave me a “I’m not sure about this” look but I wanted to give it a try as his recipes have always been good.  

I generally followed the ingredients list but increased everything for the 36 oz of peppers I had to insure enough for five servings.  You can click on the above link to check Dennis' site for the original recipe and several suggestions.

Roasted Pepper Sauce – Adapted from Ask Chef Dennis


36 oz roasted red peppers pureed

1¼ cup heavy cream

5/8 cup grated Romano cheese

5 oz liquid from reconstituting sun-dried tomatoes (tomatoes should soak at least one hour)

2½ oz liquid from pepperoncini jar

2½ oz brandy or bourbon

1 tbsp sugar (Larry didn’t use)


Puree the roasted red peppers until they are as smooth as possible (Larry used an immersion blender with the peppers and cream in the sauce pan). Heat over medium-high heat.

Add the remainder of the ingredients and bring to a slow boil, reduce the heat to a simmer and allow to continue cooking for 1 hour.

*making the sauce a day ahead of time will enhance the flavor. You can make the pepper sauce up to 3 days ahead of time. This sauce also freezes well.

Shrimp & Scallops with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce - Adapted From Ask Chef Dennis

I cooked everything in the kitchen except the final assembly process.  Since I had different folks desiring different things in their meals, I decided to cook each plate to order (like a restaurant) beginning with Pat who requested marinara rather than red pepper sauce and no artichokes.  This is the assembly set up where I added water to jelly roll pans with racks to serve as steam pans then turned on one grill burner and kept the lid closed.

Ingredients: five servings

1¼ lb. shrimp 16-20 count

1¼ lb. sea scallops large

16 oz. mushrooms sliced

4 oz. sun-dried tomato reconstituted, reserve the liquid

10 pepperoncini (Larry had cherry peppers on hand but no pepperoncini’s)

20 mini artichoke hearts

5 cups roasted pepper sauce

¼ teaspoon black pepper

1 lb pasta your choice (Larry used angel hair)


Saute the mushrooms until the liquid is released and add them to the red pepper sauce.

Cook your pasta per box instructions, drain and keep warm in a covered pan.

Saute the scallops in oil and butter until nicely browned on both sides and keep warm in a 125F toaster oven.

Saute the shrimp in the same pan and keep warm in the oven.

Slice the rehydrated sun-dried tomatoes and add to a bowl then add the artichoke hearts and peppers to their own bowls.  Nuke them all to get warm.

Move everything to the grill.

For the typical dish, I added the following to a hot skillet: ½ cup sauce, 3 scallops, three shrimp, 4 artichoke hearts, some sundried tomatoes, 2 peppers, and the amount of pasta chosen by the diner.  While then diner was coming over to select their pasta amount, I already had the other ingredients heating in the pan.

Cook it for a couple of minutes, stirring and tossing until everything is hot and serve in a bowl.

Top with fresh grated parmesan, add a slice of Bev’s homemade garlic bread and serve (this was Bev’s role).

The Verdict:

Everyone thought it was delicious and a nice alternative to tomato sauce, although Bev said she prefers marinara, and I would definitely make it again as I really like roasted red pepper sauce, soup, etc.  If you like roasted red pepper sauce, you should give this one a try.  I enjoyed cooking the plates to order and I was able to turn one out every few minutes so not too long of a wait.

All we had left was a serving of pasta and just enough sauce to barely coat it.

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Have a great day and thanks for stopping by Almost Heaven South.


9/16/20 meal date


  1. Youve been cooking up a storm wow this all is fantastic!!

  2. With all of those made to order's - you're running a restaurant there! And the recipe sounds restaurant quality. I'm with Bev. I think red pepper sauce is ok, but with the texture and color, I'm reminded that I'd rather have marinara. I'm surprised there wasn't a shot of an egg on top of that left over pasta and sauce.

  3. Larry, Covid-19 has led you into the 'restaurant business', that's for sure! Separate dishes for Way too much work but it is your creative side at work! I'm with Pat and Bev on the Marinara sauce, scallops and shrimp...but I'd like the artichoke hearts too! Of course, the best of all is Bev's homemade garlic bread. Stay Safe and Take Care, Big Daddy Dave


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