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It’s National Shrimp Scampi Day! Who Knew?

By Schwan's Home Service, April 28, 2016

Schwan's Shrimp Scampi

This savory Italian classic has a rich history, and if you’ve ever tried it you’ll understand why it’s worth celebrating.

Shrimp scampi is a traditional Italian dish that came to the United States with Italian immigrants who have adapted the recipe to suit American ingredients and tastes. “Scampi” is actually plural of scampo, a particular type of lobster-like crustacean also called langoustines. In Italy, a traditional preparation was to sauté the scampi in olive oil, garlic, onion and white wine. (Yes, our mouths are watering too.)

As Italian-American cooks adapted the dish, they swapped out the scampi for shrimp, but kept both names. These days, butter is often substituted for olive oil, and lemon might stand in for white wine. Our Shrimp Scampi is seasoned to perfection in a light butter, lemon and white wine sauce. Celebrate today, or any day, with one of our serving suggestions, or just enjoy on a bed of tender pasta.