Monday, October 4, 2010

recipe for Shrimp ala Golden Isles

This is one of my favorite shrimp recipes.  It is simple, and has wonderful flavors including one of my favorites bacon.  Mmmmm bacon.  I hope you enjoy it.

Shrimp Ala Golden Isles
(4 servings)

8 pieces thin slice bacon, cut into a half inch dice
1 peeled medium yellow onion, cut into a half inch dice
1 ½ pounds large shrimp, peeled, deveined, seasoned with salt and black pepper
4 Tablespoons flour
24 oz water
salt and black pepper to taste

Cook the bacon in a sauté pan over medium heat, stir frequently, do not brown.   (You are trying to render fat out of the bacon.)
After 2 to 4 minutes, add the onion and continue to cook. 
When bacon is half cooked, increase heat to medium high and add shrimp, season with salt and pepper. 
Cook on one side for approximately 1 minute and turn. 
Cook 15 - 30 seconds and dust with flour. 
Toss to combine ingredients. 
Cook until lightly golden. 
Add water and stir well. 
Allow mixture to come to a boil and thicken. 
Season with salt and pepper. 
Reduce heat to simmer for 2 minutes adjusting seasoning as need be.
Serve over rice.
Note: The bacon should not brown or crisp during the cooking.  The exact color of the dish will vary according to the following:  caramelization in the pan and how much you cook the flour before adding the water.  Really cooking the flour will result in tough over cooked shrimp.
This version of the recipe is written for home.  Commercially, the bacon and onion mixture is prepared in advance and heated to order to cook the shrimp.  You can really get a nice white sauce using that sequence. 
Here are a couple of photos of the dish.

I hope you enjoy the recipe.  
Let me know how it turns out for you.

I wish Google would fix the photo up-loader so photos would enlarge again :-(
My thanks to Joe K for helping me with this problem.
It seems it is caused by using the caption feature.  We will see if it continues works as it seems to be doing now.

Until next time
Happy Eating
Chef Leslie Bartosh

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