Yuca-Stuffed Crispy Shrimp

Recipe courtesy of Norman Van Aken, Executive Chef, Norman's
Show: Emeril's Florida Episode: Orlando Farm to Table & Norman Van Aken
TOTAL TIME: 1 hr 30 min
Prep: 1 hr 5 min
Inactive Prep: 10 min
Cook: 15 min
YIELD: 4 servings
LEVEL: Intermediate

ingredients

NORMAN'S "MO J.":
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 to 2 Scotch bonnet chiles, stem and seeds discarded, minced
  • 2 teaspoons whole cumin seeds, freshly toasted
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
    HEARTS OF PALM SLAW:
    • 1 1/2 cups peeled and very thinly sliced fresh hearts of palm
    • 1/4 cup peeled and julienned jicama
    • 1/4 red bell pepper, stem and seeds discarded, julienned
    • 1/4 yellow bell pepper, stem and seeds discarded, julienned
    • 1 Scotch bonnet chile, stem and seeds discarded, minced
    • 1/2 small red onion, julienned
    • 3 scallions, trimmed and finely chopped
    • 1/2 cup virgin olive oil
    • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
    • 1 teaspoon freshly toasted and ground coriander
    • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    • Kosher salt, to taste
      SCOTCH BONNET TARTAR SALSA:
      • 3 egg yolks
      • 1 tablespoon Champagne vinegar
      • 3 tablespoons store-bought sweet butter pickles, diced small, plus 1 teaspoon brine
      • 1/2 cup virgin olive oil
      • 1/2 cup canola oil
      • 2 tablespoons diced red onion
      • 1 1/2 tablespoons minced Scotch bonnet chiles (stem and seeds discarded)
      • 1 hard-cooked egg, yolk sieved and white chopped small
      • Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper
        STUFFED SHRIMP:
        • 2 cups panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
        • 1 cup seasoned flour
        • 1 egg, beaten with 3 tablespoons water
        • 12 very large fresh shrimp (16 to 20 count), tail left on, peeled, deveined and butterflied 1 cup cooked and mashed yuca
        • 1 Scotch bonnet chile, stem and seeds discarded, minced
        • 2 to 3 cloves garlic, minced
        • Kosher salt and freshly toasted and cracked black pepper, to taste
        • Peanut oil, for frying
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        Directions

        For the "Mo J.": Mash together the garlic, chiles, cumin and 1/2 teaspoon salt with a mortar and pestle until fairly smooth. Scrape into a bowl and set aside a moment. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat until fairly hot and pour it over the garlic mixture. Mix and allow to stand 10 minutes. Whisk in the orange juice and sherry vinegar. Season with salt and pepper to taste and set aside until ready to use.

        For the hearts of palm slaw: Mix together the hearts of palm, jicama, red and yellow bell peppers, Scotch bonnet chile, onion and scallions in a large bowl and set aside.

        Mix together the olive oil, orange juice, coriander, sugar, pepper and salt to taste in a bowl and pour over the vegetables.

        For the Scotch bonnet tartar salsa: Put the egg yolks in a blender and beat until pale. (Alternatively work by hand.) With the blender running, add the vinegar and pickle brine. Slowly add the olive oil and canola oil and blend until completely incorporated.

        If using a blender, remove the mixture to a bowl so the vegetables dont get overly processed. Add the sweet butter pickles, red onion and chiles. Stir in the hard-cooked egg. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate.

        For the stuffed shrimp: Place the panko, flour and egg wash in separate shallow bowls. Pat the shrimp dry of any excess water. Combine the mashed yuca with the chile, garlic and salt and pepper to taste. Stuff the cavity (butterfly cut) of each shrimp with about 3/4 tablespoon of the yuca mash, packing it firmly into place. Dust the shrimp first in the flour, then dip in the egg wash and then the panko. Set aside.

        Heat the peanut oil in a large heavy deep skillet or French fryer to 350 degrees F. When the oil is hot, lay the shrimp in it and cook until golden and cooked through. Remove the shrimp to a plate with absorbent toweling. Spoon a small dollop of the Scotch Bonnet Tartar Salsa to go under each shrimp on to the plates. Lift some of the Hearts of Palm Slaw onto the center of the plates. Spoon or ladle some of the "Mo J." directly onto each shrimp. Serve.

        Notes

        Food Network Kitchens suggest caution in consuming raw and lightly-cooked eggs due to the risk of Salmonella or other food-borne illness. To reduce this risk, we recommend you use only fresh, properly-refrigerated, clean, grade A or AA eggs with intact shells, and avoid contact between the yolks or whites and the shell. For recipes that call for eggs that are raw or undercooked when the dish is served use shell eggs that have been treated to destroy Salmonella, by pasteurization or another approved method.
        This recipe was provided by a chef, restaurant or culinary professional and may have been scaled down from a bulk recipe. The Food Network Kitchens have not tested it for home use and therefore cannot make any representation as to the results.

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