Shrimp Creole

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For easy assembly, chop the veggies in advance and refrigerate.  The spice mixture can also be combined ahead of time.  You can even prepare the whole recipe 1-2 days in advance—short of adding the shrimp—and then stir in the uncooked shrimp as the sauce is being reheated. Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons butter (may substitute olive oil)
  • 1 small to medium onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup green bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup celery, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1 (15-ounce) can tomato puree
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup (about 8 large) green olives, diced
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Creole seasoning (like Tony Cachere’s; may substitute Cajun seasoning)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and a few grinds of the pepper mill
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (see notes)
  • 1 1/2 pounds peeled and deveined shrimp (I like medium size for a greater number of bite-size shrimp throughout;

Instructions:

  1. In a large skillet (12 to 14-inch diameter with a lid) heat the butter over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté for 2-3 minutes or until softened.  Add the bell pepper and celery and sauté until softened, about 2-3 minutes more.  Stir in the garlic and cook until fragrant, or an additional 30-60 seconds.
  2. Add the tomatoes with juice, tomato puree, broth, olives, Worcestershire, Creole seasoning, sugar, salt and pepper, thyme, and cayenne pepper.  Bring to a boil, and then cover, reduce the heat to low, and simmer, stirring once or twice, for 20-30 minutes or until the tomatoes have broken down and the sauce has thickened to your degree of liking.
  3. Add the shrimp to the tomato mixture and cook (uncovered and stirring occasionally for even cooking) for another 5-6 minutes, or until the shrimp are opaque and just cooked through.  Serve over rice. Garnish with parsley and pass hot sauce at the table, if desired.






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