ISO: barbeque (BBQ) shrimp
- JoanArkham Aug 15, 2012 11:24 AM
Just returned from a great (but too short) trip to New Orleans where we had the most amazing BBQ shrimp. I've been looking for local places to get something similar, (or a recipe?) but there are just too many variations and I'm not sure what version we had since I don't have anything to compare it with.
The restaurant was called "Eat," and I've emailed them for a recipe but haven't received an answer yet. No description on the menu beyond "BBQ shrimp". It was served very simply, with the shells on but no heads. The broth was reddish in color and "zingy" but not really spicy. There was definitely butter, but I don't think there was heavy cream. I've seen a lot of recipes that call for Worcestershire sauce, but I didn't detect any in this. It was served with some great bread, but no rice or grits.
Any thoughts? There seem to be a growing number of New Orleans-based places in the DC area, one of them has to have this dish, right?
Below is a link to a thread with the recipe for Pacales Manale, which some say invented the BBQ shrimp (which has no bbq sauce : )
We didn't eat there but we did have them at Deannie's and they were excellent. Extra bread to sop up the sauce!
I've never seen it at any place in the DC metro area.
I love New Orleans BBQ shrimp! I've had several variations and to tell you the truth, each has somehting to offer. I'm partial to the more zingy kind. I suggest you find a recipe that has the basics - butter, garlic, lemons, and yes, Worcestershire sauce - and let your nose lead the way. I like a lot of season and hot soauce but thats me. Bread is ESSENTIAL for sopping. I also like to leave the heads on... more flavor. By the way, I've never had it with cream... I think I have enough calories with the half pound of butter I usually use......
whenever I've made it, I cut about half the butter with good olive oil. maybe not authentic, but tastes as good and just a squinch healthier. and plenty of bay leaf in the boil.
<edit> just read the Manale link and it looks about right, except I don't bake, it I do it stove top.