Top Review by Queen Dragon Mom
I'm surprised there isn't a review for this yet because this is a really good and very simple recipe. I will certainly be making this version again! The only changes I made were an addition of 2 T lemon juice, 1 T tarragon and (of course) Tabasco sauce. Thanks for posting!
- 2 lbs fresh shrimp, heads off
- 1 quart water
- 1⁄2 cup vegetable oil
- 3 medium yellow onions, chopped
- 2 large bell peppers, chopped
- 5 celery ribs, chopped fine
- 10 large tomatoes, peeled&seeded
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon red pepper, Ground
- 1⁄2 teaspoon black pepper, Ground
- 1⁄2 teaspoon white pepper, Ground
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme or 2 teaspoons dried thyme
- 1 tablespoon fresh basil or 2 teaspoons dried basil
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons sugar
- 5 bay leaves
- 1 cup green onion, chopped
- 1 cup parsley, chopped
Directions See How It's Made
- Peel and devein the shrimp.
- Place heads (if you have them), and peels in a small saucepan and add the water.
- Bring to a slow boil over medium-high heat and let boil slowly for 15-20 minutes.
- Strain and discard the heads and peels.
- Place the oil in a Dutch oven or other large, heavy pot and place over medium-high heat.
- Add the onions, peppers, and celery and saute stirring often, until the vegetables are very soft, about 45 minutes.
- Stir in the tomatoes, salt, peppers, herbs, sugar, and shrimp stock and return to simmer.
- Reduce heat to medium and let simmer for 2 hours, stirring occasionally, This is your creole sauce; it can be prepared 1 or 2 days in advance and stored in the refrigerator (I find the sauce is even better after sitting a couple of days in the refrigerator).
- When you are ready to serve, return the sauce to a simmer and add the shrimp.
- Cook until they turn pink, 5-7 minutes.
- Stir in the green onions and parsley and let cook for 1 minute more.
- Serve on flat plates over beds of rice.
- SHRIMP AND HAM OR TASSO JAMBALAYA:
- Prepare Shrimp Creole as above, but add about a pound of cubed ham and a 4-ounce can of tomatoe sauce to the finished sauce and simmer 45 minutes more.
- Meanwhile, boil or steam 2-3 cups raw rice.
- Finish the sauce (which will be your jambalaya base) by adding the shrimp, green onions, and parsley as above. (If you are using leftover Shrimp Creole, remove the shrimp and reheat the sauce, add the ham and tomato sauce, and proceed as above.
- Return the shrimp to the pan at the end of cooking.) Place the hot, cooked rice in a large bowl, pour the jambalaya base over, mix well, and serve.
- You can also prepare this dish with sausage instead of ham.