Shrimp and Potato Stew

TOTAL TIME: 1 hr 50 min
Prep: 15 min
Inactive Prep: 5 min
Cook: 1 hr 30 min
 
YIELD: 3 1/2 quarts, 8 servings
LEVEL: Intermediate

ingredients

EMERIL'S ESSENCE CREOLE SEASONING (ALSO REFERRED TO AS BAYOU BLAST):
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 2 pounds shrimp, peeled and deveined, shrimp shells reserved
  • 2 teaspoons Essence, recipe follows
  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves, plus 2 tablespoons
  • 3 large baking potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 links (12 to 16-ounces) andouille sausage, diced
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions
  • 1 long red chile pepper
  • Cooked white rice, for serving, optional
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      Directions

      Season the shrimp with the Essence and transfer to the refrigerator until needed.

      Heat a large saucepan and add 1 tablespoon of the oil. When hot, add the shrimp shells and cook, stirring, until fragrant and pink, 3 to 4 minutes. Add 10 cups of water and bay leaf and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer, and cook, skimming any foam that rises to the surface, for 30 minutes. Strain through a fine mesh strainer and discard solids. Set shrimp stock aside.

      In a heavy bottomed Dutch oven or soup pot, heat the 1 cup vegetable oil and, when hot, whisk in the flour. Cook, stirring constantly, until a roux is formed the color of dark peanut butter, about 7 minutes. Add the onion and cook until soft, 4 to 6 minutes. Add the garlic and 2 tablespoons of parsley and cook for 1 minute. Add the potatoes, 8 cups of the reserved shrimp stock, the salt, cayenne, and black pepper and bring to just to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook until the potatoes are very tender and the sauce is thickened, 30 to 40 minutes. Add the andouille sausage and cook partially. Drain some of the fat and add shrimp, remaining 2 tablespoons parsley, green onions and red chile pepper and stir to combine. Remove from the heat and let sit for 5 minutes. Serve immediately over hot white rice in shallow bowls.

      Combine all ingredients thoroughly.

      Yield: 2/3 cup

      Recipe from "New New Orleans Cooking", by Emeril Lagasse and Jessie Tirsch, published by William Morrow, 1993.

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