Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Ragin' Cajuns

On my last market trip I hit the shrimp jackpot, leaving plenty of extras for future goodness. I've been debating which Cajun dish said extras would be privy to, but Chef John Folse's Shrimp Creole was a hard one to beat. While my kitchen may have smelled just like Grandma's, I assure you the mess I made in the process resembled nothing of her orderly ways. Nonetheless the end results were a hit—see J's grin of approval below!

Southerners: Don't fret over our liberal use of Holy Spices. We brought plenty of Tony's and Tabasco to our new home in fear of otherwise being blacklisted by the state of Louisiana...and our families.


Shrimp Creole
Prep Time: 1 Hour; Serves 6

3 pounds [21-25 count] shrimp, peeled and de-veined
¾ cup vegetable oil
¾ cup flour
1 cup chopped onions
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped bell pepper
2 tbsps diced garlic
2 cups tomato sauce
1 cup diced tomatoes
1½ quarts shellfish stock*
1 cup chopped green onions
½ cup chopped parsley
salt and pepper to taste
dash of Tabasco

In a 2 gallon heavy-bottomed sauce pan, heat oil over medium high heat. Using a wire whisk, add flour, stirring constantly, until light brown roux is achieved. Add onions, celery, bell pepper and garlic and sauté until vegetables are wilted, approximately 3 to 5 minutes. Add tomato sauce and diced tomatoes and blend well into roux mixture. Slowly add stock, a little at a time, stirring constantly until sauce-like consistency is achieved. Allow to cook approximately 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add more stock should mixture become too thick. Finally, add shrimp, green onions and parsley and cook for 5 minutes. Season to taste using salt and pepper. [I was a good Cajun and also added the mother of all staples, Tony's.] Serve over hot white rice using a dash of hot sauce.

*The flavor of this dish will be greatly enhanced by the use of a rich shrimp stock. Just boil the shrimp shells in shellfish stock to achieve a concentrated flavor. If the thought of hunting down crustacean shells sounds like a nightmare, just use a simple homemade vegetable stock. Mine was still tasty regardless of this minor substitute.

35 comments:

valerie said...

hahaaaa i love this...thanks for the recipe. your hubby's face is classic! xo

Stephanie said...

You two are too cute!

mmm ... now I want shrimp.

Michelle said...

Hahaha the look on your husband's face is priceless. I think he likes it...?

Arlynn said...

This dish is magical - I can attest to that, being from the big N.O.!

SO happy to see that you're able to bring a bit of cajun cuisine to your home across the world :-)

Paloma {La Dolce Vita} said...

That recipe sounds delicious! I love creole and cajun food. You and JJ are easily the most adorable couple ever! :)

Cupcakes and Cashmere said...

yum, this sounds amazing...definitely adding this to my must-make list!

mrs boo radley said...

Cute cute! I love your kitchen.

Mary Scott Boston said...

I love this entry! I have been following your blog lately, and find myself addicted...much like true Southerners to Tony's! Keep up the entertainment for those of us whose lives are not as exciting...I type this from my office desk ;)

PS - I couldn't make it to the SJA reunion (and I assume you were not able to zip over to the states for it). I heard it was good times!

Frau said...

I love your kitchen, it's so big! German kitchen's are like closets. You are your little family are so cute it warms my heart to see you so happy far away from home. I'm really going to focus on that this year. But Germans are cranky people so they are rubbing off on me.

Rachel said...

Glad to know you're keeping it real, the southern way with your spices!!

Very cute kitchen I might add!

Lindsey said...

Great dish! And good for you for bringing in some Tony's! Gotta have it. :-)

{ Lindsey }
http://greatfullday.blogspot.com

Joyce said...

I love ALL of the happy faces! I bet if Tony's and Tabasco saw your happy faces they would ship you a complimentry box. Enjoy my friend! xoxo

Ella Cne' said...

Your kitchen is amazing! I love it, so clean and sleek. I know you said you made a mess but a good kitchen can always make a mess look delicious!

Oh and your dog is so adorable! I used to have 2 Saint Bernards but they passed away. *sniffle*

Anywho, this recipe is going into our list of foods to try!

Have a lovely day!

A French Cloud said...

YOU are such a doll and your kitchen is huge!

{lovely little things} said...

Love it, that Cajun Creole flavor is the best in cooking. I'm hoping to make a trip to New Orleans to enjoy this cuisine at the source sometime before the new year.

erika said...

awwwwww, i miss you so much! this warms my heart... jj and burks so cute. love your apron and your kitchen!
XOXOXO
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paula said...

Now that looks like pure joy. You two are quite adorable.

stewart and james said...

ok - i know this post is about food, and i love food, i do, but all looking at this made me want to do is SEE MORE OF YOUR AMAZING NEW DIGS! when do we get a pictorial tour?!

xx
a

The Rauths said...

ya'll are too cute! your kitchen photos have me begging to see more of your house!! =0

Anonymous said...

What a cute family!!!! I am soo impressed, I was just introduced to John Folse's fabulous Encylopedia (sp?) Creole Cooking from my sweetpea nephew (Shreveport man). Anyway...great recipes. You all look like you having the time of your lives. Good for you two! and Burkley. Susie in Texas

Claire said...

The fact that Burkly is dwarfed in your kitchen makes me realize just how HUGE it is! You guys look great!

cindy said...

you two are so cute!

Joanna Goddard said...

aw, you guys are so cute!!!!! this post made me swoon.

Kara said...

Court--
JJ looks like one happy man! This is SO wierd though. I never read comments from other people but just happened to see Mary Scott Boston's comment. If she went to LSU then I know her!! She would know me as Kara Miller though. I loved her name so much I named my daughter after her!! I was Pi Phi and she was KD I think. What a SMALL world this is.

CC said...

CHERE'! This is too cute! Looks like you made your hubby one happy man! :)

LOVE your big kitchen!!!!

Humm.....Looks like Burkly likes mamma's cooking too!

Mary Scott Boston said...

Kara! Courtney Facebooked me and told me about your comment. SUCH A SMALL WORLD! What are the odds, considering neither of us typically read blog messages (and that is the first blog message I have ever written)?!

I hope your life is treating you well. It sure looks that way. Your little girl is so beautiful! And, what a great name ;)

Maryann said...

I have total kitchen envy!

Kara said...

Now this might qualify as a "three way" conversation. Mary Scott Boston - can you hear me? Thanks for the comment! You are such a doll! I miss your beautiful smile. It seems like ions ago since I've seen it. Are you living in BR still? Email me: karamhebert@gmail.com.

megan said...

we have those two ingredients in our home as well. along with a large furry friend that does the same thing while we cook.

Pink Wallpaper said...

look at your fab kitchen!

Kate and Chloe said...

So jealous of your kitchen - and I recognize the sandals! I bought them in gold a year ago because of your blog post about them.

Tony Chachere's Creole Foods said...

We love the recipe and think you are doing your Cajun family proud bringing your Tony Chachere's with you!!

Samantha
Marketing Assistant
Tony Chachere's Creole Foods

Sarah Jane said...

firstly, yum! and secondly, adorable!! i love how you share the photos of cooking and your husband enjoy the food. made me smile;)

Joslyn said...

oh yum...i couldn't live without my Tony's ;-)

Stacie Frazier - Haute Shots said...

Shrimp Creole is one of my favorite dishes to make! I might have to try your recipe out the next time I make it.

Your kitchen rocks!