Sauteed Shrimp on Brioche with Pickled Pears

Menu Part: 
Cuisine Type: 
6 sandwiches

Variety is a priority with the lunch bunch, and shrimp makes a welcome change of pace for a sandwich filling—especially when a tasty brioche bun is the carrier. Homemade pickled pears stand in for traditional cucumber pickles and make the most of preserving seasonal winter fruit.


Pickled Pears
¾ cup granulated sugar
½ cup champagne vinegar
½ cup water
1 tsp. whole cloves
3 cinnamon sticks
¼ cup pickled ginger, coarsely chopped
1 tbsp. pink peppercorns
 1 lemon, sliced
3 firm, ripe Bartlett pears, peeled and sliced into wedges about ¼-in. thick

 Sauteed Shrimp
2 tbsp. unsalted butter
 2 tbsp. olive oil
 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
 2 shallots, finely chopped
24 large shrimp (16-20), peeled, deveined, tails removed
2 to 3 tbsp. white wine
1 lemon, juiced and zested
¼ cup low-sodium chicken broth
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
¼ cup chopped fresh basil
6 brioche buns, grilled or lightly toasted
6 leaves gem lettuce, washed and completely dry
Homemade or good quality mayonnaise


1. Prepare pickled pears: Combine sugar, vinegar, water, cloves, cinnamon sticks, ginger, peppercorns and lemon in non-reactive saucepan over med. heat. Stir once to combine and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low; simmer 10 min.
2. Refrigerate mixture until completely chilled. Pour over pears and refrigerate at least 6 hr. before serving. (Pears will keep up to 1 week in well-sealed jar.)
3. Prepare shrimp: Heat butter and oil over med. heat in non-reactive heavy-bottomed sauté pan until bubbly. Add garlic and shallots; cook 30 sec., stirring constantly. Add shrimp; increase heat and sauté 2 min., or until shrimp begin to turn pink. (A light crispy coating will form on the outside.)
4. Add a splash of wine to the pan; deglaze and remove shrimp.
5. Add lemon juice, zest and chicken broth to pan. Cook over high heat 2 to 3 min. until sauce thickens slightly, stirring constantly.
6. Remove from heat; season with salt and pepper to taste. Add chopped basil and return the shrimp to pan to keep warm.
7. For sandwiches: Spread about 1 tsp. mayonnaise on underside of each bun top; cover with a lettuce leaf. Place 4 shrimp and some sauce on bottom buns; top with several pickled pear wedges.

Source: Recipe provided by Executive Chef Sam Talbot, Surf Lounge, Montauk, New York

More From FoodService Director

Menu Development
chefs council spread

Last October, we published the results of FoodService Director’s first annual Chefs’ Council Menu Trends survey, revealing predictions for menu shake-ups in 2016 . Many of the predictions panned out, including an increase in snacking, ever-spicier flavor profiles, veg-centric plates, fresh-pressed juices and build-your-own options. Now we’re back with next year’s forecast, culled from our panel of 50 Chefs’ Council members—culinarians representing the core segments of noncommercial foodservice. Some of the flavors, ingredients and cuisines expand on current trends, while others go off in...

Ideas and Innovation
sushi plate

We wanted to add sushi, but that’s not really my expertise. So we found a great local company that offered to put three sushi chefs on-site every day. They supply the ingredients, and if we meet the minimum revenue each week, than we receive a percentage of sales. We have been exceeding the weekly minimum sales, which we track in our POS, in two days.

Managing Your Business
coffee barista

Whether it’s a morning routine, an afternoon pick-me-up or an evening social ritual, few things are as universally appealing as coffee. Sixty-five percent of respondents in Technomic’s 2016 Beverage Consumer Trend Report say they ordered a cup of hot joe from a foodservice location in the past month, and 59% say the same about cold coffee. Everyone has an opinion about what makes it good, whether it’s a low price, a unique blend or a friendly barista.

“Coffee is so personal. There are a lot of people that are Dunkin’ fans. There’s a lot of Starbucks people,” says James Dravenack,...

Ideas and Innovation
star wars storm trooper

My favorite event—because I’m kind of dorky—is our “May the fourth be with you” (aka “Star Wars”) day on May 4. The whole dining team dresses up, and we offer things like Chewbaklava, Boba Fettuccine and BB-8 Buckeyes. We had a guest cry because they got to take a picture with Chewy.

FSD Resources