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I have now made this recipe about 5 times and it is one of our favorites now! A couple changes I made though: I used 1 lb. of fresh medium peeled shrimp. I didn't have thyme leaves so I used 1/4 t. thyme powder. Also, fresh red pepper flakes make a HUGE difference. I cut the butter in half and substituted with 1/2 c. beer(double the original), and the flavor turned out nearly identical to the original. Nobody is joking about the french bread so make sure you have it when you make this.
This reminds me alot of a BBQ Shrimp appetizer that I had at Perry's Fish House in Burlington, Vermont. Delicious! This recipe was a bit too salty for me, so I tried it again with no added salt & cut the stock in half. Perfect! The bread for dipping is a must!
I've made this recipe several times. It is absolutely awsome. Of course, I love Prudhomme's cookbooks. We eat a lot of Cajun foods and this shrimp is one of the best. It is easy and great tasting. I also sometimes use more beer (and there is really no beer taste to the sauce when you finish.) I highly reccommend this recipe to anyone.