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- 1⁄4 cup vegetable oil
- 1⁄4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 1⁄2 cups chopped onions
- 1 cup sliced green onion
- 1 cup chopped celery
- 1 cup chopped green bell pepper
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 14 1⁄2 ounces diced tomatoes, undrained
- 8 ounces tomato sauce
- 6 ounces tomato paste
- 1 cup water
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground red pepper
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1⁄8 teaspoon hot sauce
- 2 lbs peeled deveined shrimp
- Heat the oil in a large cast iron skillet over medium heat. Gradually whisk in the flour, and cook, stirring constantly, until the roux is a deep caramel color (about 15 minutes).
- Remove the pan from heat, and stir in the chopped onion and next 4 ingredients; cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, 15 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.
- Transfer the mixture to a large dutch oven and stir in the tomatoes and next 10 ingredients. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and let simmer 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
- Add the shrimp to the tomato mixture and cook until the shrimp have just turned pink (about 10 - 15 minutes). Remove and discard the bay leaves. Serve over cooked rice.
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I mixed this recipe with another shrimp creole recipe and it came out very yummy! I gave it a four star because I found that water needed to be added (1 cup) and I substituded the tomato paste with tomato sauce-coming to 2-8 oz. cans of tomato sauce plus one cup of water. I did this to keep the shrimp creole from being too thick. It is traditionally a "soupier" dish. Instead of dicing the veggies seperately, I bought a bag of "seasoning blend," which can be found in the freezer section, to compensate for the onions and celery. I chopped a few green onions and andded them to the bagged contents. Instead of adding them to the roux (flour and oil), I pre-sauted them in 1/4 cup of light butter-YUMMY!! It is a must for shrimp creole to have a slight buttery flavor. After the roux was a pretty golden brown (not burnt), then I added the veggies, tomato paste, and water. After that, I added the shrimp (frozen) and the seasonings. I hope this review helps clear up this recipe. Thank you for posting--
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