For years Mardi Gras was seen as a pagan festival celebrating spring and fertility. This event also known as Carnival is celebrated in many countries around the world. But once Christianity arrived in Rome religious leaders decided to incorporate these popular traditions into the new faith. The result was the excessive lifestyle that comes with Mardi Gras would prelude Lent ( 40 days of penance between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday). This was more acceptable than abolishing the entire celebration.
The Mardi Gras colors purple, gold and green stand for justice, power and faith, which was new to me. But our love is the food so Denise and I decided to try our hand at making the famous Shrimp Po’ Boy. The golden brown shrimp with the crunchy fried onions with all the different spices and seasoning in the breading was just heavenly. And although every spice is not really seen in this colorful mouthwatering photo believe me you will get the taste in every single bite.
Prep time: 30 minutes cook time: 4 to 7 minutes Yield: 2 servings Difficulty: easy
10 large shrimp
1 large Wheat French roll
1 teaspoon of chopped thyme
1 teaspoon of chopped parsley
1 finely chopped garlic
1 medium chopped scallion
1 medium thinly sliced yellow onion
1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon of Adobo Seasoning
2 teaspoons of Old Bay Seasoning
1 cup of Cracker Meal Seafood Fry Mix
6 to 8 tablespoons of milk
1 medium sliced tomato
Several Bread and Butter pickles
1/2 teaspoon of Himalayan salt
1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
Remove shell from shrimp and devein. Add milk to eggs and beat then soak shrimp and sliced yellow onion in egg wash. Prep Cracker Meal Mix by adding chopped thyme, parsley, scallion, garlic, Adobo Seasoning, Old Bay Seasoning and cayenne pepper and spread over a large sheet of wax paper. Coat shrimp and thinly sliced yellow onion in Cracker Meal Mix. Next add cooking oil to a heated pan and fry breaded shrimp and sliced yellow onion until golden brown. Place fried shrimp and onion on paper towel to drain. Spread mayo and Remoulade sauce on opened toasted French roll and top with lettuce, sliced tomato, Bread and Butter pickles and salt and pepper for taste.
Happy Fat Tuesday !!