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Shrimp Creole - A New Orleans Classic

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When thinking of New Orleans cuisine Gumbo, Etouffee, and Jambalaya immediately come to mind. But try this recipe for Shrimp Creole. It combines all of the flavors of New Orleans into one of my favorite dishes. For more information visit http://www.scotthargrove.blogspot.com.
Ingredients
  White onion 1 Cup (16 tbs), minced
  Celery 1 Cup (16 tbs), minced
  Green bell pepper 1 Cup (16 tbs), minced
  Garlic cloves 3 , minced
  Green onion 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), minced
  Thyme 1 Teaspoon
  Bay leaves 2
  Olive oil/Peanut oil 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs) (or canola oil)
  Flour 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Canned whole peeled tomatoes 15 Ounce
  Canned tomato paste 6 Ounce
  Seafood stock/Chicken stock 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Water 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Shrimp 3 Pound, peeled and deveined
  Pepper 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Salt 3 Teaspoon
  Fresh lemon juice 1 Teaspoon
  Parsley 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), finely chopped
  Tobasco sauce To Taste
  Worcestershire sauce 2 Dash
  Cayenne pepper 1⁄4 Teaspoon (Optional)
Directions

GETTING READY
1. Mix seafood oil and water together.

MAKING
2. In a heated skillet, add oil and flour and cook on low heat, until it turns to a light golden brown color.
3. Reduce the heat to low and cook for another 15 to 20 minutes, stirring constantly, until it turns to a color of melted chocolate.
4. Add onion, celery, bell pepper, green onion and garlic, thyme, bay leaves, salt and pepper.
5. Saute over medium heat for about 30 minutes, stirring often.
6. Add tomatoes, cook for another 3 minutes.
7. Add whole tomatoes and the stock, water mixture, and simmer for 60 minutes, stirring occasionally.
8. Add lemon juice, parsley, tobasco sauce, Worcestershire sauce and cayenne pepper, stir to combine all ingredients well.
9. Add shrimp and cook for 5 minutes, until the shrimps turn pink.

SERVING
10. Garnish with chopped green onion tops and serve hot with rice and french bread chunks.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
South American
Preparation Time: 
10 Minutes
Cook Time: 
100 Minutes
Ready In: 
110 Minutes
Servings: 
4
Chef Scott is from South America and therefore he has numerous Louisiana recipes learnt from his grandmother. Louisiana Shrimp Creole is his favorite and that's the reason he wants to share it with his viewers. While he prepares the dish, he shares his secrets on the texture of the creole by telling us why it is important to chop the vegetables finely.

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