Recipe by ChefInChicago
I kind of pieced it together with a few different shrimp recipes and my own intuition and trial and error. It was my first victory as a cook . I recently made a change to this as I tried making it with half the amount of butter. This makes it a heck of a lot healthier, and I actually thought it was the best it has been so far!
- 1 1⁄2 lbs shrimp, deveined and shelled (small or large, tastes the same)
- 8 ounces unsweetened butter
- 2 tablespoons garlic, sliced very thin (can use minced too)
- 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
- 2 1⁄2 teaspoons creole seasoning
- 1⁄2-2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, to taste (careful, it gets hot easily)
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 3 bay leaves
- 8 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 8 tablespoons water (tap water is fine)
- 2 tablespoons chives, chopped
- 1 lemon
- 1⁄3 cup heavy whipping cream
- 2 loaves French bread (if you get uncooked bread follow the directions that come with it and cook it beforehand, then just)
Directions See How It's Made
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees (for french bread and to keep shrimp warm later).
- Place 1/2 a stick of butter in a saute pan and melt it on medium heat.
- Place garlic into pan and cook for 2-3 minutes stirring often, if you sliced it thin enough it might liquify, this is what you want, but not necessary.
- Add pepper, creole seasoning, cayenne pepper, paprika, bay leaves, worcestershire sauce, water and chives to the saute pan (if the mixture doesn't cover the bottom of the pan, add a little extra water and worcestershire sauce to account for the difference) Let this simmer for about 2-3 minutes while stirring, if the mixture begins to boil turn the heat down slightly.
- Add the shrimp to the pan and cook 3-4 minutes total on each side, but flip them constantly.
- Once the shrimp are cooked completely, remove them from the pan into a bowl or onto a plate (leave the liquid/mixture in the pan), cover with aluminum foil and place in oven to keep warm, be sure you use an oven friendly bowl.
- Put your french bread in the oven right now to get it warm and crispy for the meal.
- Cut your remaining 1/2 stick of butter into 6 pieces and place one into the pan at a time stirring constantly until they melt completely, then add the next, once they are all added, stir for about 3 more minutes or until the mixture begins to thicken (This is important, be sure it grows thicker before moving on, otherwise it will tend to seperate).
- Cut the lemon into 4 pieces and squeeze the juice into the mixture while stirring slowly, stir for another minute or two while the mixture settles.
- Slowly add the heavy whipping cream to the mixture while stirring, make sure the heat is low enough so it won't boil.
- Once you are finished stirring the cream in turn the heat down to between medium and low just to keep it warm and stir constantly.
- Remove shrimp and bread from oven.
- Slice the bread into pieces, place the shrimp into bowls and pour the sauce over it, use the bread for dipping in the sauce.