Here’ a double recipe that I like…

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BBQ SHRIMP w/HOMEMADE BISCUITS

Ingredients:

  • 3 lbs shrimp, cleaned and deveined
  • cracked black pepper
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1/4 c chopped onions
  • 2 T minced garlic
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 3 lemons, peeled and sectioned
  • 2 c water
  • 1/2 c Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 c dry white wine
  • 1/4 t Kosher salt
  • 2 c heavy cream
  • 2 T butter
  • 1 T chopped chives
  • 2 T creole seasoning

Directions

Sprinkle the shrimp with 1 tablespoon Creole seasoning and fresh cracked black pepper. Use hands to coat the shrimp with the seasonings. Refrigerate the shrimp while making the sauce base. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large pot over high heat. When the oil is hot, add the onions and garlic and sauté for 1 minute. Add the reserved shrimp shells, the remaining Creole seasoning, the bay leaves, lemons, water, Worcestershire, wine, salt, and black pepper. Stir well and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Remove from the heat, allow to cool for about 15 minutes. Strain into a small saucepan. There should be about 1 1/2 cups. Place over high heat, bring to a boil, and cook until thick, syrupy, and dark brown, for about 15 minutes. Makes about 4 to 5 tablespoons of barbecue sauce base. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil in a large skillet over high heat. When the oil is hot, add the seasoned shrimp and sauté them, occasionally shaking the skillet, for 2 minutes. Add the cream and all of the barbecue base. Stir and simmer for 3 minutes. Remove the shrimp to a warm platter with tongs and whisk the butter into the sauce. Remove from the heat. Mound the shrimp in the center of a platter. Spoon  the sauce over the shrimp and around the plate. Arrange the biscuits around the shrimp. Garnish with chopped chives.

TRADITIONAL SOUTHERN BISCUITS

  • 2 c all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 t baking powder
  • 1 1/2 t salt
  • 2 T butter, cold
  • 1/2 c solid vegetable shortening, cold

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400ºF. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Mix well. Add 1 tablespoon of the cold butter and the cold shortening and work it into the dry ingredients, using your hands, until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in the milk. The dough will be sticky. Dust your work surface with some flour. Turn the dough onto the floured surface. Gently fold each side toward the center. Pick up the dough and dust the work surface with additional flour. Return the dough to the floured surface and fold each side towards the center again. Turn the dough over and press it out to 1-inch thickness. Cut the biscuits, straight down, do not twist the cutter, with a 2 1/4-inch round cookie cutter. Melt the remaining tablespoon of butter and add to a 10-inch round cake pan. Place the biscuits in the pan, turning once (to coat both sides with butter), about 1/4-inch apart. Let the biscuits rest for 15 minutes before baking. Bake until golden brown, about 15 minutes.

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For my non-alcoholic fans/followers, here’s a recipe that I like…

Non-Alcoholic Peach Daiquiris yield:  4 servings

4 lg peaches cut in chunks

1/4 c key lime juice

1/3 c sugar

4 c crushed ice

Whipped cream and additional peach slices for garnish

Put first three ingredients in a blender.  Puree until smooth.  Add the ice and blend until ice is evenly broken up in the peach mixture. To serve, pour into glasses and top with whipped cream and peach slices if desired.

 

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