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Monday, September 19, 2011

New Orleans BBQ Shrimp!


Oysters, muffaletta and po-boy sandwiches and BBQ shrimp are all great foods from New Orleans. I like all of them, and one of my favorite simple recipes is for BBQ Shrimp. BBQ shrimp from NO doesn't really have anything to do with BBQ...There's no sweet ketchup based sauce and no grill or smoker involved. Mr. B's Bistro and Pascal's Manale are a couple of restaurants that are famous for their BBQ Shrimp.

This recipe is one of my all time favorite recipes. It's very similar to the famous ones, and is real simple to prepare right on your cook top. Some use an entire stick of butter, but I prefer this one because it uses olive oil instead. If you want, just substitute a stick of butter in place of the olive oil...That will make it even better!!!

1 pound of shrimp, I like 21/25 count. Heads on or off, peeled or not, whatever you prefer.

1 tablespoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon thyme
1/4 teaspoon oregano
1/4 teaspoon basil
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon Louisiana hot sauce
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup white wine
1 tablespoon butter

French bread

Measure out all of the ingredients. This cooks fast!
Wash the shrimp and pat dry. Put the shrimp and a little of the oil in a hot skillet. Add all of the dry ingredients and the Worcestershire and hot sauce.
Cook over medium high heat for about 4 minutes. Slowly add the remaining oil and wine, boil and cook a couple of minutes more until the shrimp is pink. Don't overcook!

Serve in bowls, pour some sauce over and eat with lot's of French bread for dipping!