SAUTE OF SHRIMP OVER FRIED GREEN TOMATOES
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 cup chopped sweet onions
1/2 cup chopped green onions (green and white parts)
1/4 cup chopped celery
2 tablespoons prepared horseradish
3 tablespoons Creole or whole-grain mustard
3 tablespoons prepared yellow mustard
3 tablespoons ketchup 3
/4 cup vegetable oil, plus 1 cup, for frying
3 tablespoons chopped parsley
1 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 pounds peeled and deveined medium shrimp
2 teaspoons plus 2 tablespoons Essence, recipe follows
3 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup minced onions
1/2 cup small-diced green pepper
24 slices fresh green tomatoes,
1/4-inch thick each (about 6 large green tomatoes)
Freshly ground black pepper
1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour 2 tablespoons cornstarch
4 large eggs
2 tablespoons milk
1 1/2 cups yellow cornmeal
3 tablespoons chopped green onions, green part only, for garnish
Combine the lemon juice, sweet onions, green onions, celery, horseradish, mustards, and ketchup in the bowl of a food processor.
Process on high for 30 seconds. With the machine running slowly drizzle 3/4 cup of the vegetable oil into the food processor until well incorporated and slightly thickened.
Add the parsley, 1/2 teaspoon of the salt, and the cayenne pepper. Pulse to combine. Use immediately or store in the refrigerator in an airtight container. (The remoulade will keep for several days in the refrigerator.)
Place the shrimp in a medium bowl and season with 2 teaspoons of the Essence and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Melt the butter in a large saute pan over medium-high heat.
Add the onions and peppers. Saute for 1 minute. Add the shrimp and continue to saute for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the remoulade sauce, bring the mixture to a simmer, and cook for 1 minute. Cover and keep warm over low heat.
Season the tomatoes with salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste. Place the 1 cup of the flour in a small bowl with the cornstarch and mix well. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk. In a third bowl, combine the remaining 2/3 cup flour, the cornmeal, and the remaining 2 tablespoons of Essence. Dredge each slice of tomato in the flour mixture. Dip each slice in the egg wash, letting the excess drip off. Finally, dredge each slice in the cornmeal mixture, coating completely.
Heat 1/2 cup of oil in a large saute pan over medium-low heat. When the oil is hot, pan-fry the tomatoes, in batches, until golden and crispy on both sides, about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes per side. Add the remaining 1/2 cup of oil to the saute pan as needed, preheating the oil before frying the tomatoes. Remove the browned tomatoes and drain on paper towels. Season lightly with salt, to taste.
To serve, lay 3 tomatoes in the center of each plate. Spoon 1/4 of the warm sauce over each plate of tomatoes. Garnish with green onions and serve immediately.
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 1 tablespoon onion powder 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper 1 tablespoon dried oregano 1 tablespoon dried thyme
Combine all ingredients thoroughly.
Yield: 2/3 cup
Recipe from “New New Orleans Cooking”, by Emeril Lagasse and Jessie Tirsch, published by William and Morrow, 1993.