Prep 20 mins
Cook 10 mins
Po' boys are supposed to be easy. I tried this at home and it comes pretty close to what I tasted on Decatur Street in the "Big Easy"
- 1 lb peeled and deveined shrimp, 26-30/lb
- 1⁄2 cup flour, in a gallon size baggie
- 2 eggs, beaten with a fork
- 3⁄4-1 cup cracker meal, enough to coat the shrimp
- shredded lettuce, ... enough for 4 ten inch sandwiches (like very course cole slaw)
- 2 tomatoes, thin sliced (12 slices total)
- 4 small wide French baguettes, about 10-inch long
- 1⁄4 cup mayonnaise
- vegetable oil, to fry (or use a deep fryer)
- Rinse shrimp and shake off excess water.
- In small batches (7-8 at a time), shake shrimp in flour.
- Wash in beaten eggs, remove excess.
- Coat in cracker crumbs.
- Heat oil (1/2" deep) in skillet to hot -- about 350 degrees.
- Fry shrimp until medium brown -- about 8-10 minutes, turning once halfway. In a deep fryer, cut the time in half.
- While shrimp are frying, spread 1 tbs mayo on both sides of the baguettes.
- Drain shrimp on paper towels.
- Assemble sandwich as follows:.
- On bottom of baguettes, arrange 7 shrimp.
- Cover with lettuce.
- Add 3 slices of tomato.
- Put on the top part of the baguettes and slice in half.
- Serves 4 -- including your 3 new best friends. Enjoy.
- Note about the bread -- Ciabattas LOOK right, but they are too dry. Find a bakery that has subtantial, non-wimpy French baguettes -- about 3" across. Better yet, if you are a baker, make them yourself with square ends. If all you can find is "skinny" baguettes, just make more sandwiches with fewer shrimp.
- Note on Roumalade sauce -- many recipes will call for Roumalade sauce instead of mayo. This is a trendy affectation that ignores the humble beginnings of the po' boy (a free sandwich for striking New Orleans transit workers). If you need a "kick" just add a tablepoon of cayenne (or less) to the flour.
This is a really great recipe and one the whole family will enjoy. It is easy to make and eat, the shrimp come out with a crispy crust and the combination of mayonaise, tomotoes lettuce are a perfect compliment. More like a gourmet sandwich. Love it!!!!!!