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Friday, December 14, 2007
Favorite Ingredients Friday - Quick & Easy

This recipe isn't going to be formal because I kind of made it up as I went. Well, that's not really accurate. I know what goes into a basic creole sauce. I just didn't look up a specific recipe. I did this, and it was great.

Shrimp Creole

1 lb shrimp, peeled & deveined
2 T olive oil
1/2 large onion, diced
1/2 green pepper, diced
1 T chopped garlic, approximately 3 cloves
2 T flour
1 can low-sodium chicken broth
1 28-oz can plum tomatoes
cajun seasonings, to taste
salt, to taste

Add olive oil, onion, and green pepper to heated skillet. Make sure it's a deep one! Saute until onions are translucent, and add garlic. Stir quickly for a minute to cook garlic, but don't let it burn. Garlic burns easily. Add flour, and stir for a few minutes. You need to do this to get rid of the raw flour taste.

Slowly whisk in the chicken broth to incorporate it into the cooked veggies and roux. Add the plum tomatoes, including juice. You can either cut up the tomatoes or break them up in the pan. I squeeze them with my hands and then finish breaking them up in the pan. It's messy, but oh so satisfying. Bring just to a boil, and then reduce heat to low and simmer. Add seasonings. I used Paul Prudhomme's Seafood Magic. You may find it needs a little salt, too. I like to use sea salt or kosher salt.

While the sauce is simmering, peel and devein the shrimp. This gives the sauce some time to simmer away. Stir in the shrimp, cook for about 5 minutes. Do not overcook the shrimp. They get rubbery. They're finished as soon as they turn from gray to pink. Serve over rice.

From start to finish, this takes about 30-35 minutes.

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Marcia's Taco Soup
Chicken Parmesan Casserole
Cajun Baked Catfish
Jim's Snickers Pancake
Crawfish Monica
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Crockpot Red Beans
Better Than Almost Anything Cake
Fruity Sangria
Outrageous Brownies
Enchiladas de Pollo
Catalina Chicken
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Sloppy Joe, Mac 'n Cheese Casserole
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Pork Milanese
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Oven-fried Chicken
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Hot Dog Casserole
Chicken & Rice
Peanut Butter Fudge
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Pulled Pork BBQ

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Blogger Jim McClain said...

It WAS great!

Blogger Kathleen Marie said...

This sounds fabulous! Thanks so much for sharing! God Bless!

Blogger Kiy said...

Uhmmmmm, sounds fab. Added this to my recipes folder!

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