Cinnamon Seafood Pasta Sauce a la Nancy Patrick


Cinnamon Seafood Pasta Sauce

October 31, 2018 – In the soon to be released Neighbors and Other Strangers, Trent Marshall travels to San Francisco to visit Darcey Anderson.  Our adventurous twosome  become friends with Christopher Booth and Nancy Patrick, another couple who happen to both be Bay area homicide detectives.  Before long all four are caught up in another adventure with a potential deadly outcome.

Nancy isn’t much of a cook when the couples meet but she’s anxious to learn.  She  begins an apprenticeship under Darcey’s tutelage.  Nancy is a quick study and is soon experimenting on her own with various spices and ingredients.

One evening, with assistance from Darcey, she presented her first creation, which she called Cinnamon Seafood Pasta.  Though the diners were at first leery at what sounded like incompatible ingredients, they politely tasted the dish.   Politeness was swept aside after a few bites.  Plates were quickly clean and the diners were asking for seconds.

Shrimp, of course, are remarkably versatile.  They mate well with most ingredients.  Smoked salmon and cinnamon, though wonderful in themselves, don’t necessarily seem to be as versatile.  Think again!  The pieces of smoked salmon seasoned with cinnamon, add a bijou treat.  Small and elegant.

Another deliciously real recipe from a fictional character.

Nancy Patrick’s Cinnamon Seafood Pasta Sauce

1/4 cup olive oil, divided

1 pound shrimp, shelled & deveined

6 ounces smoked wild caught salmon, torn into small pieces

juice of one lemon

1 14 1/2 can diced tomatoes

1 shallot, minced

1 tablespoon cinnamon

salt & pepper to taste

spaghetti or linguine

Warm two tablespoons olive oil over medium heat in a heavy skillet.  When hot but not smoking, saute’ shrimp until it is pink, about three to five minutes.  Remove from the heat and set aside.

Combine remaining olive, lemon juice, tomatoes, smoked salmon, and shallots in a bowl.  Season to taste with salt and pepper. Mix well.

Turn the tomato mixture into the skillet in which the shrimp were cooked.  Add the cinnamon.  Cook over medium heat until the sauce is hot, five to ten minutes.

Return the shrimp to the skillet.  Stir to mix the shrimp into the sauce.  Heat briefly, no more than two or three minutes.

Serve over your choice of pasta, preferably spaghetti or linquine.