If you've never eaten authentic creole, you truly don't know what you're missing. I discovered this Louisiana favorite while residing there and it was love at first bite. This dish has a very unique taste that defies description. It is very easy to make, and you're doing yourself a serious disservice if you don't give it a try. You can use crawfish rather than shrimp. Crawfish are simply not plentiful where I now live. Don't be lured into making an "easy" version of this with Ro-tel or mushroom soup. This is easy enough to make from scratch.