Arroz Cremoso com Camarão e Palmito

(Creamy Rice with Shrimp and Hearts-of-Palm)

Photo and Text by Cynthia Presser.

Velvety and creamy, with flavors of sweet shrimp and tangy hearts-of-palm, and just a hint of citrus, this recipe is one that I am proud to have created from scratch. I try to always solely post recipes that are delicious and, also, relate to my background; but occasionally, I dare to say that I created a simply incredibly flavorful dish, that also reflects some of the most amazing tastes of Brazilian cuisine. This time, it is the case. I am not going to call my Creamy Rice with Shrimp and Hearts-of-Palm an easy recipe – it involves many steps, but they are all very achievable. I promise it is not difficult. Here is what I am begging you: MAKE THIS! YOU WILL LOVE IT! Serves 8 to 10

Rice Ingredients:

  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 1 large onion, finely diced

  • 3 cups Jasmine rice

  • 3 ¾ cups water

  • Salt

Béchamel Sauce Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 3 tablespoons flour

  • 2 cups whole milk

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon (or to taste) freshly grounded nutmeg

Shrimp Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds medium-large shrimp, cleaned, deveined, tails removedSalt and pepper

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil1 large onion, finely diced

  • 6 garlic cloves, minced

  • 2 pounds shrimp, cleaned, deveined, tails removed

  • 8 ounces hearts-of-palm, drained and sliced

  • Zest of 1 large lemon