Monday, February 23, 2009

its Lundi Gras!! Let's have some shrimp creole

I decided to make some Shrimp Creole from another recipe in the Atlanta Journal Constitution. I'm not going to lie to you guys--I'm a bit dubious about this recipe. It's very thick and tomatoey--kind of like a pasta sauce. Is this how its supposed to be? With only salt, pepper and bay leaves listed to spice it...well. I just had to add some cayenne, oregano and thyme. Regardless, if you're going to try shrimp creole, I would check out Katherine's recipe over at Smoky Mountain Cafe, first. She's from New Orleans, so I trust her recipe. Wouldn't you know I didn't find it until AFTER I'd already made my batch! sigh.

So, here's the thick, yet still pretty tasty Shrimp Creole. I put turmeric in my rice to make it yellow, and cooked it in shrimp stock.

And to get us in the Mardi Gras spirit, here's some pictures of Tavo and I in New Orleans. Not during Mardi Gras, we went very suddenly over Memorial Day Weekend. Just decided during lunch that we should get out of town, and rolled into New Orleans by midnight. This was a while ago--2007--we need to go again!!




and even though we ended sleeping in the car, we did keep up our dental hygiene.
Laissez les bons temps rouler!

13 comments:

doggybloggy said...

my best dental hygiene was probably when I was in cars.....

Darius T. Williams said...

LOL - that shrimp creole looks AMAZING. Um, where's my portion?

Katherine Aucoin said...

Happy Mardi Gras!!! Shrimp creole isn't supposed to be that thick and it doesn't taste like an Italian red sauce. It does look good though!

TavoLini said...

Doggy--whenever life is at its most basic, I seem to take better care of my body.

Darius--your portion is HERE! Come on down, its GOT to be warmer here than in Chicago!

Katherine--I thought so!! Next time I'm definitely going to use your recipe. Poo poo on the AJC's

Joie de vivre said...

Lundi Gras! Go ahead and live it up! Why not? Did you celebrate Dimanche Gras as well?

TavoLini said...

Joie--we sure should have! And Jeudi Gras and Vendredi Gras...and we did party a bit on Samedi (Gras!)

But I remember when I went that Lundi Gras was a pretty big night :)

buffalodick said...

Don't forget to eat your Paczki, Michigan girl!

Chef E said...

You two are a hoot! I love the pic of you and the statue character/performer!

That dish looks good too!

Alexander said...

Well gotta take care of the teeth. I actually really like those pics, they're very interesting portraits!

Cajun/Creole cooking is pretty big here in Houston, do you have much of that in Atlanta?

Anette said...

Mmmm! I love the look of the shrimp creole! And the trip looked so fun and impulsive! Sometimes they are the best, those things we just decide to do one day.

The Blonde Duck said...

That looks so fun!

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