Wednesday, February 17, 2010

It's Foodie Friday, so... "Who's Your Mama, Are You Catholic, and Can You Make a Roux?"

"Who's Your Mama, Are You Catholic, and Can You Make a Roux?"
by Marcelle Bienvenu

This will cookbook will go down as one of my all-time, most favorite, A+ cookbooks in the whole wide world! Not only is it chock full of some of the tastiest recipes you will ever want to try, it also is a pictorial history of Ms. Bienvenu, that also includes heart-warming family stories. It's just the greatest! And, yes, you should hunt this cookbook down for your cookbook collection. I picked it up on a trip to New Orleans years ago... so I hope it is still available.
I must though share with you THE best barbecued shrimp recipe that I have ever tasted. Everyone I have ever prepared this for has claimed it is the best. My family considers it a super family favorite. Bibs are required. So here goes...

Barbecued Shrimp
Serves 4

6 lbs. large shrimp, heads on (Don't peel them.)
2 sticks butter
3/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
Juice of three lemons
1 teaspoon garlic powder (I used fresh)
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons salt (or to taste)
1/2 teaspoon Tabasco (or more, according to taste)
1 tablespoon rosemary leaves
1 teaspoon oregano leaves

Rinse the shrimp in cool water and drain. Spread the shrimp in a large shallow baking pan (I use a large cookie sheet with a lip).
In a saucepan, melt butter, then add the rest of the ingredients. Mix well. Pour sauce over shrimp and marinate for 1 hour.
Bake at 325 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Stir a couple of times with a spatula. Do not overcook.
Serve in a soup bowl with lots of French bread to sop up the sauce. Be sure to have some trays around on which to put shells and such.
Be forewarned -- this can only be eaten with your hands!
(I think I've already posted this recipe before... which gives you a clue as to how good this is!)

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Bama Belle said...

LOVE IT!! I know you asked me about King Cakes. Sadly, I do not have a recipe to share. We buy ours. I must get that cookbook though!

Celestial Charms said...

Wow, what a title for a cookbook. And yes, I am, and no I can't.
Catholic yes, make a Roux no. Great recipe. :)

Nancy said...

Karen, love this recipe, remember giving it to me years ago? Thanks for reminding me, I remember it being just wonderful! Think I'll whip it up this weekend. Have to say, the cookbook has quite the name, really cute!

Laura said...

My mouth is watering.

You need to share the apple cake recipe from your family cookbook.
It is so good.