Let’s start the Lenten season off with a classic - shrimp creole. Pick up a few pounds of fresh shrimp, a few juicy tomatoes, and a handful of peppers from the market and you are good to go! This recipe by Louisiana Cookin’ will guide the way. Protip: serve it on a pile of James Farm Prairie Ronde Rice. You are welcome.
In a large heavy saucepan over medium-low heat, add oil; stir in flour, stirring constantly until a peanut butter-colored roux forms. Reduce heat to low and add onion, garlic, green onion, and bell pepper. Stir well, and cook until softened, 4 to 6 minutes.
Stir in tomato sauce, thyme, bay leaves, oregano, and lemon juice. Increase heat to medium, and bring sauce to a simmer. Add 2½ cups water, cayenne, and salt, and simmer until thickened, 30 to 45 minutes.
Gently stir in shrimp, reduce heat to a gentle simmer, and cook, covered, about 20 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes more. Remove and discard bay leaves. Serve over rice with green onion, if desired.
Adapted from Chef Wayne Baquet’s recipe in New Orleans Classic Creole Recipes by Kit Wohl (Pelican Publishing, 2014)
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