Saturday, 13 April 2013
I got shrimp on sale a couple of weeks ago, and wanted to try something different.
I found this idea on Pinterest-- (original recipe here) but it wasn't yet paleo--and I preferred to make my own cajun spice blend (I've tasted some pretty horrible store-bought blends...). A few changes...and voila--delicious and perfect! My whole family loved this one--and it was done in about 45 minutes, which I love, too.
5 Tbs butter
2 Tbs tapioca starch
2 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp dried thyme
1 cup celery
1 cup red, yellow, or orange peppers
1/2 cup onion
2 cups chicken broth (whatever you have)
1 cup tomatoes
1 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbs cajun/creole spice blend (below)
1 lb raw shrimp
1/2 cup green onions
1 head cauliflower
First, prep everything because this doesn't take long: Make your spice blend. Chop onions, peppers, celery, tomato. Thaw shrimp under lukewarm water, peel and de-tail. Rice your cauliflower with a food processor.
In heavy-bottom skillet over medium heat, melt butter and continue to cook until butter turns a medium brown (takes about 10 minutes). Sprinkle tapioca starch over butter and stir to dissolve and allow to thicken for a couple more minutes. (You are making a roux). Add onions, celery and peppers and continue to cook until onion is almost transparent. Add garlic and thyme and continue to cook for 1 minute.
Add tomatoes, broth, Worcestershire sauce, and cajun spice. Simmer for about 20 minutes.
While this is simmering, cook your rice; I prefer to cook mine for 8 minutes in the microwave with NO added water. Set aside.
Once you broth and tomato mixture has simmered for 20 minutes, add shrimp, and continue to cook just until shrimp is pink and cooked through. Sprinkle with green onions and remove from heat.
To serve this up like I did; spoon liquid into wide-mouthed bowls. Using a half-cup measuring cup, press cooked cauli into the measuring cup, packing tight, then invert over middle of bowl. Arrange shrimp around perimeter.
Can add hot sauce if you like things spicy.
Cajun Spice Blend:
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp basil
1/2 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp cayenne
2 tsp paprika
1 tsp salt
Combine in small mason jar. Goes with everything....