BBQ Shrimp

This September I went to Paris. Great bread, buttery sauces, beautiful architecture. But the whole time I was there, I couldn’t help but think–We do all this better in the US, right? New Orleans is basically Paris…but better? Right?

Delicious Ledenheimer bread. Beautiful, colorful buildings. Drinking in the middle of the street. Buttery and spicy sauces.

NOLA wins.

While I’m not from New Orleans or the South, I take great pride in recreating dishes from their incredible food culture. Dishes like gumbo have been labors of love. But this BBQ Shrimp dish, lifted from Paul Prudhomme, has been a simple slam dunk from the first time I made it (many, many, many mouthwatering meals ago).

BBQ Shrimp

1 pound large shrimp with shells on

Spice mix: 1 tsp cayenne, 1 tsp black pepper, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp thyme, 1/2 tsp rosemary, 1/8 tsp oregano

1 stick unsalted butter and 5 tbs

1 tsp Worcestshire sauce

3 clove grated garlic

1/2 cup seafood stock

1/4 Abita beer (Purple Haze recommended)

Method

Put large skillet on high heat. Add 1 stick butter, garlic, Worcestshire, and spice mix. Once butter is melted, add shrimp. Cook for 2 minutes. Rather than stir the shrimp, shake the pan. Make sure those shrimp dance around in the sauce. Get them well coated and starting to pink and plump up. Then add stock and 5tbs butter and cook for 2 minutes, shaking continuously. Add beer and cook for one more minute. Remove the shrimp from the heat and serve in a bowl of butter sauce with many, many slices of crusty bread.

I gua-ran-tee you will enjoy this!

Apple Crisp

I’m not a huge dessert person, generally, but I’m a sucker for this apple crisp. It’s the perfect combination of sweet and tart. In fact, we may be eating this very same apple crisp recipe less than a week from now as part of our Thanksgiving feast, but the thought of waiting that long to stuff my face with it was simply not an option. Once you try it, you’ll see why. There’s simply no such thing as too much apple crisp.

Apple Crisp

Ingredients:

Filling:

7 cups sliced peeled Granny Smith apples (7 or 8 apples)

3/4 cup sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

Topping:

1 1/2 cups sugar

2 1/4 cups flour

2/3 cup butter or 1 stick margarine

Method: 

Core, peel, and slice 7-8 apples. Mix the sugar and cinnamon in with the sliced apples. Put in a greased 13 x 9 pan.

In a separate bowl, combine the sugar and flour for the topping. Using a fork, break cold butter in the flour/sugar mixture.

Bake at 400 degrees for 45 minutes to 1 hour.