Recipe by Merwin Chambers
"This is a recipe taught to my by my mother-in-law, Audry Falgout. It has a great flavor and for being a South Louisiana recipe in well seasoned but not overly seasoned. The darker you cook your roux, the deeper the flavor. This may seem like a long time to cook shrimp but it works. In our family it is typically served over hot cooked rice with potato salad on the side."
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small, peeled shrimp
finely chopped green bell pepper
chopped fresh parsley
ground black pepper
Being from Lafayette, LA, this recipe is pretty authentic for this area. The only problem is if you add the shrimp (especially the small ones) this early in the recipe, they'll be over-cooked. The way I make it is I add the bell pepper and celery when I add the onions...right when the roux is ready. I also add minced garlic. I cook the gravy down to where it's pretty thick, then add the shrimp in the last 10 minutes. The shrimp will throw off water, making the gravy perfect once the shrimp are cooked, which only takes a few minutes. Right before serving, I add chopped parsley and chopped green onions. I also don't use black pepper, since it doesn't digest. I use cayenne instead, and more than what's called for with the black pepper. Of course, that's an individual preference, but I like mine with a little "sting." A note to "sampnik" regarding the "bitter taste"...if it's bitter, you burned your roux. Try again, and let the roux get the color of a dark peanut butter, and you won't have that bitter taste. :)
I don't know, maybe I'm just not used to LA style cooking...but I didn't think this was very good. Not a lot of shrimp and a weird bitter taste. I'll pass.
MERWIN, NOT A BAD RECIPE AT ALL. THE 1ST TIME I MADE IT YOUR WAY AND ENJOYED IT. THE 2ND TIME I MADE IT MY WAY WITH GARLIC AND FRESH RED PEPPERS IN IT! I ENJOY A LITTLE MORE SPICE THAN YOU DO AND MY FAMILY LOVES IT. I ALSO ADD MORE SHRIMP.
I thought this was really good, however 40 minutes is too long to cook the shrimp.
Very good. I was surprised that I got it right. Could use some zing... maybe some hot peppers. We enjoyed it over rice. I was surprised that the Shrimp turned out so tender.
very good recipe.
made a dark roux which did take an hour of constant stirring over low heat. was my first roux and turned out excellent! i did add garlic and red pepper flakes as another suggested.
i used chicken broth in place of the water for more flavor. boiled all for 30 minutes then added the shrimp and peppers the last 10 minutes. shrimp turned out perfect and not overcooked that way. did have to thicken with cornstartch/water mix at the end. served over white rice. excellent meal which hubby loved as well. will make again. thanks for a great recipe!
Love it! This is a wonderful recipe! My husband has been requesting this regularly since I first made it. Today will be twice in the last week that I've made it. I prefer red bell peppers to the green and celery to us was better left out. I added crushed red pepper for some spice and it is terrific! When making it with the children in mind, I leave much of the spice out. Garlic was also good added to this. Thank you so much, Merwin for Audry's recipe. (Perhaps I shouldn't thank you so much because of the time spent stirring the roux! jk)
Very Good Recipe...added some tomato sauce for coloring which made it even better...Thanks for sharing
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Audry's Shrimp Stew
Serving Size: 1/4 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 4
Amount Per Serving
** Calories: 271
** Calories from Fat: 172
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