February 17th, 2011
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Poppy Tooker's Shrimp Etouffee

Serves 4

3 lbs. shrimp, head and shell on
2 sticks butter
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 bunches green onions, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon thyme
1 bay leaf
½ cup shrimp stock
Hot sauce and salt to taste

Peel shrimp and make a stock by boiling peels and heads together with green onion trimmings and any other aromatic vegetable parings (celery, carrot, onion) available. Boil for 10 minutes; strain and reserve.

Melt butter in a sauté pan. Whisk in tomato paste, cooking together over medium high heat for 3 minutes. Add green onions and stir together for 2 minutes. Whisk in stock, making a gravy. Add garlic and herbs. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook for 5 minutes. Add shrimp, salt and hot sauce. Cover and cook for 2 minutes. Shrimp are done when they are just opaque and curl. Taste to check seasonings and serve over rice.

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  1. Kelley

    This recipe is a variation of a classic that looks great for those who want an interesting dish, but don't have the time to spend that housewives in the 19th century did. Louisianans usually use "the trinity" of onion, garlic and green pepper. They also usually star with a roux made of butter and flour. It may be a bit less healthy, but it is tasty!

    July 9, 2011 at 12:45 am | Reply
  2. wildwildwest

    hard to find head-on shrimp here in new mexico, so i just use the shells to make the stock. this sounds like a good, quick recipe. can't wait to try it! mebbe almost as good as my daddy's!

    June 28, 2011 at 3:43 am | Reply
  3. Anthony

    It looks cool and tasty. For more healthy and creative recipes, pleas visit:
    http://www.fourgreensteps.com/community/recipes
    Check it out. I personally like it very much.

    February 23, 2011 at 10:37 am | Reply

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