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Back to the Big Easy: Shrimp Po’ Boys

A long time in the past, in one other lifetime, my older brother enlisted within the Military and ended up transferring his household to Fort Polk, Louisiana. A buddy and I took every week and flew out to Baton Rouge, rented a automotive and headed to New Orleans for just a few days within the French Quarter earlier than connecting with my brother.

New Orleans sits under sea degree, and one of many first distinctly noticeable issues upon method was the cemeteries, the place the our bodies are above floor, in mausoleums. We stopped at one the place the mini-houses have been laid out like a metropolis road grid, the tombs in rows on either side, the intersections providing a brand new path to the following “road.”

The sight was placing to a boy from West Hazleton, the place close by Mountain View Cemetery had only a few of the above-ground tombs, essentially the most well-known being the Markle Mausoleum, resting place for a founding household of Hazleton and a landmark alleged to be haunted. So, yeah, one night time a bunch of us sneaked out of our properties and met close to midnight on the tomb. We scared ourselves a bit, however discovered no ghosts.

The French Quarter itself compelled with structure, sights, sounds, road artists, a curious Voodoo museum alongside a self-guided strolling tour, and naturally, meals. Our costliest dinner was at legendary Brennan’s; our least costly was a Shrimp Po’ Boy from a road vendor. And whereas it value peanuts in comparison with Brennan’s, the southern model of what we might name a “hoagie” wasn’t low cost, particularly if you seemed inside and noticed the tiny measurement of the shrimp.

Assume canned shrimp, and sure, I’ve used them in recipes, albeit whereas backpacking (particularly a shrimp and pasta recipe). So there was extra bun than shrimp. However the batter for the shrimp and the remoulade have been nice, with flavors that melded splendidly, and from that day ahead at the back of my thoughts rested the need to discover a option to replicate it at dwelling.

I just lately caught an episode of Cook dinner’s Nation (America’s Check Kitchen), through which the cooks crafted this dish, and once I tried it MT and I (and MT’s mother) actually cherished it. The remoulade is easy, and you may simply adapt the extent of warmth to your style. The Creole seasoning is straightforward and utilized in each the moist batter and the dry flour combine, and all of it got here collectively to not solely recreate the flavour I acquired in New Orleans itself, however to enhance on it — due to utilizing bigger shrimp and cramming them onto the roll.

You don’t want almost as a lot seasoning because the recipe makes, however you may minimize the quantity through the use of teaspoonfuls as a substitute of tablespoonfuls of every spice, and it’s tasty sufficient that I’m joyful to maintain additional round for future use, alongside the batch of Emeril’s Creole Essence I preserve within the cabinet (I resisted the temptation to make use of that as an alternative).

As a bonus, it’s ripe tomato season, so I acquired to slice them recent from our backyard.

“Dobru Chut!”

Shrimp Po’ Boys (Cook dinner’s Nation)


• Creole seasoning (3/Four cup), consisting of:

5 tablespoons Hungarian paprika

2 tablespoons garlic powder

1 tablespoon dry thyme

1 tablespoon Cayenne

1 tablespoon celery salt

1 tablespoon desk salt

1 tablespoon black pepper

• 2/Three cup mayonnaise

• 2 tablespoons ready horseradish

• 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

• 1 tablespoon scorching sauce

• 1/Four teaspoon pepper

• 2 cups all-purpose flour

• 1/Four cup cornmeal

• 2 tablespoons Creole seasoning

• Four massive eggs

• 1 pound medium-large shrimp (31 to 40 per pound), peeled, deveined, and tails eliminated

• 2 quarts vegetable oil, for frying

• 4 (8-inch) sub rolls, toasted

• 2 cups shredded iceberg lettuce

• 2 massive tomatoes, cored and sliced skinny

• 1 cup dill pickle chips

Add 2 tablespoons Creole seasoning to 2 cups all-purpose flour, add ¼ cup yellow cornmeal.

Whisk Four eggs and add ½ cup flour combination to make a batter. Work with half of of the shrimp at a time to maintain from getting an excessive amount of water in flour. Put shrimp in dry combine, then in batter, then again in dry combine, set on wire rack in rimmed baking sheet and refrigerate.

Combine remoulade: 2/Three cup mayo, 2 tablespoons horseradish,1 tablespoon Worcestershire, 1 tablespoon scorching sauce, ¼ teaspoon floor black pepper, whisk collectively.

Warmth 2 quarts vegetable oil to 375 and fry shrimp to golden brown, about Four minutes. Place on paper towel on a plate to empty. Toast buns beneath broiler, unfold remoulade generously on either side, add shrimp, lettuce, tomatoes and pickles to finish sandwich.

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