The recipe for the sauce has been perfected by three generations of the DiCicco (pronounced Dee-Cheek-O) family, beginning in Italy.
he son of the sauce's originator immigrated to South Africa and his daughter, Doreen DiCicco, added Peri-Peri peppers, spices and African influence to the sauce. The company is managed by Mrs. DiCicco's daughter-in-law, Heather Buxton DiCicco.
Several local restaurants feature the sauce as a table condiment, including Nacho Mama's on Broad Street. The DiCicco family has opened a restaurant at 2825 Washington Road that features menu items featuring the sauce, including their popular Peri-Peri Chicken.
I like to use the sauce in a delicious Peri-Peri Shrimp appetizer. The shrimp can be spicy or mild, depending on which DiChicko's sauce you use. I like to use the Hot or the Garlic Peri-Peri Sauce when preparing the shrimp. If you use the Garlic Peri-Peri you can omit the minced fresh garlic in the recipe.
DiChicko's sauces are available locally at the Fresh Market and at Whole Foods and Harris Teeter stores nationwide. You can order the sauce directly from the company on their Web site: www.dichickos.com. You'll also find recipes using DiChicko's sauces on the site.
You can use unpeeled or peeled and deveined shrimp when preparing the recipe. If you choose unpeeled, you can let your guests peel the shrimp before eating them.
Serve with some crusty bread to dip in the sauce.
11/2 pounds large shrimp
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
1 teaspoon minced garlic, about 1 large clove
Juice of half a lemon, about 2 tablespoons
2 tablespoons DiChicko's Peri-Peri sauce
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Peel and devein the shrimp if you would like a less messy eating experience. Otherwise, proceed with the recipe and then let your guests peel their own shrimp right before they eat it. (If you use unpeeled shrimp, be sure to have extra napkins on hand.)
Heat the butter in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp and the garlic and stir for 1 minute. Stir in the lemon juice and Peri-Peri sauce and season to taste with salt and black pepper. Serve immediately.
Makes 6 appetizer servings.