Bracket busted? After you take comfort in knowing you aren’t alone and drown your sorrows with a beer-based cocktail, it is time to get ready for the Final Four. Rather than prepping for the end of March Madness by talking about players and coaches, pick the more appetizing option and take an eight-recipe tour of the remaining four states. This is only a small sampling of dishes hailing from the remaining four teams’ home states, but each of the eight will have you counting down the days to the weekend — even if your team made an early round exit.
1. Florida: Orange Glazed Shrimp
Gator isn’t just part of part of the University of Florida’s legacy, the animal is tied to the state’s culinary traditions too. Since gator isn’t exactly an accessible ingredient for most people, take two of Florida’s other flavors on: oranges and shrimp. Seafood plays a large role in Florida food, and visitors to the Sunshine State can sample crab, lobster, pompano, and a variety of other fish. But it’s a shrimp with an orange glaze from Florida Magazine that you need to try to experience a taste of the state.
- 2 cups Florida orange juice
- 2 tablespoons triple sec liqueur
- 1½ pounds Florida shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon chopped hot pepper
Directions: Cook orange juice and triple sec in a large skillet until liquid has reduced to a very thick, honey-like consistency. Add shrimp and oil. Cook approximately 6 to 8 minutes or until shrimp are opaque in the center and liquid thickens again. Add soy sauce and chopped pepper. Mix well. Serve immediately. Yields four servings.