Saturday, November 12, 2011

Cajun Shrimp Taco's

I have another reader and friend inspired recipe for you all. This tasty dish came from a friend who gave me this recipe with the preface of "it's for the blog" so in honor of that i am sharing it with you all. I have never been a huge fan of shrimp, something about the texture, but i had heard about this recipe for Cajun shrimp for so long and from many people who enjoyed it i decided it was worth a try. Especially after Carolyn told me that she had made them into taco's, because you all know i am a huge fan of the taco.
The shrimp themselves are fairly easy to make and are full of that tangy flavor that Worcestershire sauce lends with a little bit of spice. If you prefer you can serve them over rice with a vegetable and salad; or as tacos. I decided to fry up some onions with a little seasonings and Worcestershire and serve them with the shrimp in warm corn tortillas with a dollop of guacamole and sour cream. Some other toppings you might like to try are cilantro, pico de gallo, cabbage or whatever fits your fancy. However you choose to make them I'm sure they'll be a big hit with shrimp lovers and not so fond of shrimp people alike!

Cajun Shrimp Taco's
Recipe contributed by Carolyn Millen adapted from Paul Prudohmme

1 Lb Shrimp 3-4 inch (without tails or heads), i used frozen and they worked fine.
1/8 tsp Cayenne
1/2 Tsp Black pepper
1/2 Tsp Salt
1/2 Tsp Red Chile pepper flakes
3/4 Tsp Thyme
1/2 Tsp Rosemary
1/2 Tsp Garlic Powder
1/8 Tsp Oregano
3 Tbs Butter
1 1/2 Tsp Garlic, minced.
1 Tsp Worcestershire sauce
1/2 C. Beer, room temperature. ( a dark or amber would add more flavor but it's your choice).

For taco's:
1/2 Onion sliced
1-2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
2 Tbs Butter
Pinch of Cayenne
Guacamole (store bought works fine)
Sour Cream
Corn tortillas, warmed

De-vein shrimp. mix all spices in a small bowl, grind (i used a spoon and pressed them against the side, if you have a mortar and pestle, even better) and set aside. Slice onions for toppings and set aside.
Heat a medium frying pan over high heat, melt butter, add garlic, Worcestershire and spices. stir for 30 seconds or until sauce is bubbly, add shrimp and stir. Cook for 2 minutes then add beer and cook for another 3 minutes or until shrimp are fully cooked. Remove shrimp (keeping warm) and continue to heat the sauce until it's reduced.
While shrimp is cooking you should have the onions over medium heat in a skillet combined with butter, Worcestershire and cayenne. stir occasionally til onions are soft but not caramelized.
Assemble taco's with toppings, onions, and shrimp. spoon some sauce over the shrimp for a little extra flavor. or serve over rice with sauce. Enjoy!!

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