Tuesday, February 17, 2015

In honor of Mardi Gras, we're sharing a delightfully tasty dish that is perfect for crafting for a mellow date night at home, or for bringing to a celebratory potluck! We can almost hear the sounds of jazz and cheering for this upbeat and fun-filled holiday. Even if you're not walking the streets of New Orleans, you can still replicate our favorite cajun flavors with this saucy creole shrimp recipe from Half Baked Harvest. Fat Tuesday is all about indulging, so go ahead and treat yourself to something decadent today! Read on for this delicious Mardi Gras recipe. Big-Easy-Style-Saucy-Creole-Shrimp-7


8 ounces fresh chorizo, sliced (may also use ground if needed)
1/3 cup flour, use gluten free if needed
1/3 cup canola oil
1 small onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced or grated
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 green bell pepper, seeded + chopped
1 (14 ounce) can stewed tomatoes
1-2 tablespoons creole seasoning, depending on your taste
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
1 (12 ounce) beer
1 1/2 pounds raw shrimp, peeled + deveined
1 tablespoon Worcestershire, omit if gluten free
1 tablespoon Louisiana style hot sauce
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon cajun seasoning
steamed white or brown rice, for serving
beer bread, for servingBig-Easy-Style-Saucy-Creole-Shrimp-2


In a medium size soup pot, brown the chorizo over medium high heat. Remove from the pot and drain on a paper towel lined plate. To the same pot, add the oil and flour, whisking until combined. Cook for 10 minutes or until the roux is lightly golden. Add the onion, garlic, celery, green pepper. Cook for another 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add tomatoes, 1 tablespoon creole seasoning and the smoked paprika, cook another minute. Slowly pour in the beer, add back the chorizo and bring the mixture to a low boil, simmer for 10-15 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat a skillet over medium high heat. Once hot add the butter. Toss the shrimp with the cajun seasoning and place in the hot skillet. Sear on both side for about 4 minutes per side or until pink and cooked through. Remove from the heat. Now add the shrimp, Worcestershire and hot sauce to the creole mixture. Simmer another 5 minutes.

Serve the shrimp over a bowl of hot rice with a side of beer bread for dipping.

Want more Mardi Gras recipes? Stop by our King Eclairs recipe for the perfect after dinner treat! You can see all of our recipes here. Celebrate and live beautifully, Ruchettes!


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