Shrimp Creole

Total Time
25 mins
35 mins

A classic, and for good reason. You can't beat this dish for ease, style, presentation and, most of all TASTE!

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  1. Rinse shrimp well and pat dry on paper towels.
  2. In a bowl, rinse reserved shells well in several changes of water, drain them in a colander.
  3. Combine them with 2 cups water in a saucepan.
  4. Bring to boil and simmer mixture for 20 minutes.
  5. Strain broth through a sieve lined with a dampened paper towel (there should be about 1 ¼ cups of broth, if not, add enough water to measure, or reduce).
  6. Reserve.
  7. In a large skillet, melt 2 tblsps butter over moderately-low heat and in it cook the garlic, stirring, until it is pale golden.
  8. Discard garlic and add shrimp to the oil.
  9. Cook over moderate heat, stirring, for 3 minutes, or until barely pink, but not cooked through.
  10. Transfer shrimp to a bowl, add remaining 2 tblsps of butter to the skillet and cook onion, peppers, mushrooms and celery, stirring, for 5 minutes.
  11. Add paprika and flour and cook over moderately-low heat, stirring, for 3 minutes.
  12. Stir in tomato paste and reserved shrimp broth and bring to boil.
  13. Add shrimp mixture and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes, or until shrimp are cooked through.
  14. Stir in sour cream and Tabasco.
  15. Bring mixture to a simmer, stirring, and season with salt and pepper (may be made 1 day in advance and kept covered and chilled. Reheat in skillet over moderately-low heat, stirring, until heated through, but do not let boil.) Spoon Shrimp Creole in center and around edge of rice ring and garnish with parsley.