Thursday, April 23, 2009

Flashback and Foodie Friday ~ BBQ Shrimp

Being from Louisiana I grew up eating lots of seafood and I love it. Especially Shrimp!!! I've eaten shrimp elsewhere but there is, in my opinion, nothing that quite compares to Gulf shrimp. Maybe something about the warm water? This week I flashback to last August. Some of my online buddies and I had a virtual Garden Party. On my menu was BBQ Shrimp, New Orleans style. It's not realllllllly barbecued. Not really sure where they came up with that name. I do know the original was made at a Restaurant in New Orleans called Pascal's Manale.

I used this recipe from the NOLA Cuisine blog as inspiration for my dish. I didn't have shrimp with the heads on available so mine were headless and the beer was probably Bud Light..good enough quality for me!

New Orleans Style Barbecue Shrimp Recipe

2 Sticks of Unsalted Butter
2 Tbsp Garlic, minced
1/2 tsp Fresh Thyme, chopped
1/2 tsp Fresh Oregano, chopped
1 tsp Fresh Rosemary, chopped
1/2 Cup Abita Amber beer, or another good quality beer
1 Tbsp Fresh Lemon Juice
2 Tbsp Crystal Hot Sauce
2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbsp Black Pepper, freshly cracked
3 Tbsp Italian Parsley, minced
1 Tbsp Kosher Salt
Cayenne pepper to taste
2 lbs Head on/shell on shrimp

Preheat an oven to 450 degrees F.

Melt 2 Tbsp of the butter in a large cast iron skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and saute until slightly browned. Add the fresh herbs and cook for 2 minutes. Deglaze with the beer, reduce by half.
Add the lemon juice, Worcestershire, hot sauce, black pepper, kosher salt, cayenne pepper and the shrimp, tossing to coat well. Transfer the shrimp, the rest of the butter and sauce to a baking dish where the shrimp can bake in the sauce in a single layer. Place into the preheated oven for 10-15 minutes. Do not over cook the shrimp!

Serve in a large bowl with the chopped parley, your favorite beer, and lots of fresh French Bread for dipping in the sauce.

Serves 2.

My flower garden was really colorful and full around that time. The summer wasn't very hot last year and although it was August things were still looking pretty perky. Those are the times I realllly appreciate living in the Pacific Northwest. Just thinking about eating shrimp outside in Louisiana in August makes me sweat! And start swatting and imaginary mosquitos...

I can't wait to see this shaggy daisy bloom again. It just keeps getting bigger and bigger. It's sitting next to 'Hot Lips' salvia which looks unfortunately sad this spring after our cold winter. I hope it makes it because it's definitely on my favorite list.

Looks like a jungle!

Can't you just smell these oriental lilies?

And look at the little juicy raspberry just waiting to be picked

I'm not sure of the name of this tall phlox but I love the candycane look about it.

Another great thing about gardening up here....hydrangeas all summer long!

Thanks for joining me for the flashback!

Go check out my buddies who joined me with their flashbacks!
Barb shares some Espresso Brownies I've been wanting to try at Foley's Follies
Debbie recalls some cute little leaf shaped appetizers (plus a great Tuscan inspired menu at Mountain Breaths
Jayne shows us a great appetizer platter at A Grain of Salt and
Carol tempts us with Banana Wontons at There's Always Thyme for Cooking

This is also my contribution to the potluck Michael Lee at Designs by Gollum has every Friday! Go check out all of the great posts for Foodie Friday


Debbie at Mountain Breaths said...

Suzy, your menus and gardens always inspire me. Every time I come to your blog, I jot ideas down! Thanks for sharing. TGIF!!

susan said...

I LOVE bbq shrimp! My recipe (credited, but not sure, to Manales starts out "shake black pepper 'til you think it's ruined" :) I hate being land-locked!

Martha said...

Love BBQ shrimp =-- a favorite!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I can't wait for the shrimp truck to come back to town! I love shrimp and I know I would love this recipe too :)

What a lovely al fresco setting!Your garden looks beautiful and lush. The one thing I'm not looking forward to is the mosquitos! Don't you have them there?

Jayne said...

Aw, Suzy, your gardens are always a delight. Really, really beautiful. I agree, no shrimp compares to Gulf Shrimp!

Cynthia said...

Suzy, love the pic of the little raspberry (and all the rest).

We love Gulf shrimp, too. There is a difference. We've been fortunate enough to literally buy it off a shrimp boat in the Keys. We've never had barbecued shrimp. Your recipe sounds very tasty with lots of flavor.

Chandy said...

Love this one! I will so try it. Though I may not be able to stick to the shell on part since dh won't touch it otherwise. I'm his "sheller". LOL Thanks!

Raggedy Girl said...

Happy Foodie Friday to you, Suzy!

This is my first Foodie Friday and thank you for sharing your recipe for BBQ Shrimp

I bookmarked this post so I can copy down your recipe and give it a try as it looks so yummy!

The Raggedy Girl--Roberta Anne

Foley said...

Suzy - your shrimp is mouth-watering! I remember that post well!

I will take your "jungle" the little raspberry!

Dishesdone said...

That was a fun garden party! The shrimp look so good, I wish I could have some! I love that raspberry pic! I can't wait for the berries, too! Your garden is always so pretty! Looking forward to seeing it in full bloom this year!

Beth at Aunties said...

What a beautiful yard! We love shrimp and have had it twice this week so far!
I wanted to pick the raspberry so bad... And place it right into my mouth! YUM!


Marsha said...

What a beautiful flashback from the great shrimp dish, garden party setting and the beautiful gardens for the party. Gorgeous photos...I can't wait for everything to be in bloom.

Annie said...

Your garden pictures are beautiful - I love BBQ shrimp and look forward to trying this new recipe - I have one similar but no beer in it - that could only make it better :) Thanks!

Kathleen said...

mmm...mmm..good! And the flowers are just so pretty! That was a lovely Garden Party.
We must do that again this summer!

imjacobsmom said...

We love shrimp around here and I know we would love this recipe, too. Besides drooling over the shrimp I've been drooling over your garden, too. ~ Robyn

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