on 02/09/07 12:33:05 CST
BBQ Shrimp, New Orleans Style
This dish has nothing to do with a barbecue pit or barbecuing. Why is it called "barbecued" shrimp? Beats the heck out of me. If you're really curious, ask someone at Pascal's Manale Restaurant on Napoleon Avenue in New Orleans; it's where the dish was created. Me, I don't care. This dish is so good you can call it whatever you want. Just, um, don't have it every day.
You'll know why immediately when you see the first ingredient listed:
• 2 lb. butter (Yes, you read right. Eight sticks. Don't whine. DO NOT
use margarine! Real butter only.)
• 2 tablespoons Creole seasoning, to taste; OR 3 - 4 teaspoons cayenne pepper & 3 - 4 teaspoons black pepper, to taste
• 2 tablespoons chopped rosemary leaves
• 1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
• 6 oz. beer
• 5 - 10 cloves garlic, finely minced (or as much as you like)
• 1 medium onion, very finely minced
• 3 ribs celery, very finely minced
• 3 - 4 tablespoons chopped parsley
• 2 teaspoons fresh-squeezed lemon juice
• 5 pounds shrimp, heads & shells on
[This feeds 8-10 people, BTW ... cut it in half if you need to.]
Melt a stick of the butter in a skillet. Saute the garlic, onions, celery, parsley, rosemary & seasoning blend for about 2 or 3 mins.
Melt the rest of the butter. Add the beer (drink the rest of the bottle). Add the sauteed stuff, Worcestershire & lemon juice.
Drown the shrimp in the seasoned butter, using as many baking dishes as you need. Make sure the shrimp are more or less submerged. If they're not ... melt more butter & add to the sauce. (Aah, what the heck ... what's another stick or two when you're already up to these butterfat levels?) Bake in a 350° oven until the shrimp turn pink, about 15 mins.
Serve in big bowls. Put in a handful of shrimp & ladle lots of the spicy butter sauce over it. Roll up your sleeves & wear a bib (DO NOT wear nice clothes when eating this!) Serve with plenty of French bread to sop up da sauce!
Try to avoid going to have your cholesterol & triglycerides taken for a few weeks afterward. Remember that this is a special treat. Don't eat this all the time if you want to live. But hey, every now & again ... LIVE!