New Orleans BBQ shrimp

From: (Celina da Rocha Azevedo)
Date: Thu, 4 Nov 1993 13:53:07 -0500

variation of a recipe from The New Orleans Cookbook by   
Rima & Richard Collin   

1 c (2 sticks) margarine   
1/2 c vegetable oil   
1/2 c chicken broth (canned is fine)   
4 t finely minced garlic   
5 whole bay leaves, torn into pieces   
4 t dried rosemary, crushed   
1 t dried sweet basil   
1 t greek oregano   
1 t dried thyme   
1/2 t salt   
1/2 t (or more) cayenne pepper   
4 t paprika   
1 1/2 t freshly ground black pepper   
1 T fresh lemon juice   
2 lb whole fresh shrimp in the shell (with heads if possible)   

In a heavy saute pan or saucepan melt the margarine, then add the oil and
mix well.  Add all the other ingredients except the shrimp and broth, and
cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the sauce begins to boil.
 Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 7 to 8 minutes, stirring frequently,
then remove the pan from the heat and let it stand, uncovered, at room
temperature for at least 30 minutes.  Add the shrimp to the sauce, mix
thoroughly, and put the pan back on the burner.  Cook over medium heat for
6 to 8 minutes, or just until the shrimp turn pink.  Add the broth, shaking
the pan back and forth to mix.  Preferably, place the pan into a preheated
450 deg F oven and bake for 10 minutes.  OR simmer loosely covered on the
stovetop for about 5 or 10 minutes.  Serve equal portions of shrimp with
about 1/2 c of the sauce ladled over each one.  You will need bibs and lots
of bread to sop up the sauce.  Also, fingers are a necessary eating
utensil.  A good side dish is quartered red new potatoes, baked in olive
oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and several bay leaves.  A green salad and
bread finishes the meal.  Makes 5 generous (nearly 1/2 lb) servings. 


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