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Shrimp Sauce Piquant

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Category: United States, Sauces, Fish

 Ingredients List

  • 2 tb Unsalted butter
  • 2 1/4 c Chopped onions
  • 1 1/2 c Chopped green bell peppers
  • 3/4 c Chopped celery
  • 3 c Peeled & chopped tomatoes
  • 1 c Canned tomato sauce
  • 3 tb Minced jalapeno (see note)
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 5 1/2 ts Ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 ts White pepper
  • 1 ts Ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 ts Minced garlic
  • 2 1/4 c Basic seafood stock
  • 1 1/2 ts Dark brown sugar
  • 3/4 ts Salt
  • 2 lb Peeled large shrimp
  • 4 c Hot basic cooked rice


NOTE: Fresh jalapenos are preferred; if you have to use pickled ones,
rinse as much vinegar from them as possible. Melt the butter in a 4-quart
saucepan over high heat. Add the onions, bell peppers and celery; saute
about 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the tomatoes, tomato sauce,
jalapenos, bay leaves, ground peppers and garlic; stir well. Continue
cooking about 3 minutes, stirring often and scraping the pan bottom well.
Stir in the stock, sugar and salt and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and
simmer until flavors are married, about 20 minutes, stirring often and
scraping pan bottom as needed. (If mixture scorches, quit stirring and
pour mixture into a clean pot, leaving the scorched ingredients in the
first pan.) Add the shrimp to the hot (or reheated) sauce and stir. Turn
heat up to high, cover pan, and bring mixture to a boil. Remove from heat.
Let sit covered for 10 minutes. (Meanwhile, heat the serving plates in a
250F oven.) Stir, remove bay leaves, and serve immediately. To serve,
mound 1/2 cup rice in the center of each heated serving plate; then pour
about 1/2 cup sauce around the rice and arrange about 8 shrimp on top of
the sauce. LAGNIAPPE: "Piquant" to a Cajun means "it's hot and 'hurts like
a sticker in your tongue.'" If you want less "piquant," reduce the jalapeno
peppers by half. Sauce Piquant is enjoyed with such gusto in Louisiana
that the town of Raceland has a Sauce Piquant Festival every year dedicated
to nothing but fish, meat, fowl and seafood made with variations of this
sauce. From Paul Prudhomme's Louisiana Kitchen

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