Six Months Later...The Kitchen is Open
I am back! And I made tacos...

Shrimp Creole Italiano-Americano

I was looking around at shrimp creole recipes yesterday, but just wasn't really in the mood for that flavor. I was in the mood for my flavor! Well, the day ran long, and I ordered pizza. Then today, I figured out how to take Emeril's shrimp creole recipe and wreck it into my own thing. 

Here's most of the ingredients:


Here's the shrimp. I don't have the photographic equipment to make raw shrimp not look disgusting. 

The little shrimp misters sat in a nice ice bath, doused with a liberal amount of sea salt, waiting to be rendered pink. 

So. I cooked about 6 ounces of no nitrate-added bacon. I'm into that now. 


Then added a chopped green pepper, two small thinly sliced onions, and 3 smashed garlic cloves


While that was humming along just below medium heat, I used two tsp butter, and 1 tsp olive oil, and 1 smashed garlic clove to season my rice pot. Then I added one cup of converted rice, stirred it til it sizzled, added 2 1/4 cups hot water, brought it to boil, put the lid on, turned it to simmer. 

What I'm trying to say is, I made rice. Use a tight-fitting lid and do not lift it until the rice is done. You can set a timer. I just listen to it, and when it sounds like all the water's gone, I turn it off but leave the lid on until I'm ready for it. 

I did say this was Italian-American. It's a sort of intuition thing.

Okay, then to the saute pan: two cans diced tomatoes (drain one) a couple dashes of southwest chipotle seasoning (or use something similar,) some hearty shakes of dried Italian seasoning, a spoonful of sugar, a couple dashes of salt. 

And two hearty splashes of vermouth



This cooks for about 15 minutes, then the rice is done. Then I added about 1.5 lbs of shrimp, peeled, deveined, tail-on. You can take the tails off. I didn't want to. They cook for about 5 minutes in the sauce. Then add 1/4-1/2 cups of heavy cream, stir around for a minute. 

Then you have this:


and this:


molto delizioso.