étouffée + happy friday

in honor of my saints winning the first game of the season last night, i'm going to share my mom's shrimp étouffée recipe. i recently made it for the first time and surprised myself at how delicious it was! i guess i was so afraid of messing up one of our favorite traditional recipes that i thought it would somehow be bad, but it turned out delicious and i can't wait to make it again!

amy's shrimp étouffée:
1 cup each chopped onion, bell pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 stick butter
3 T flour
2 oz tomato sauce
8 oz water
2-4 oz wine (optional)
Tony's seasoning & Tobasco to taste
2 lbs shrimp

sauté onion, pepper and garlic in butter until wilted.  add flour and stir in thoroughly.  pour in sauce, water and wine, stir. add seasonings to taste.  cook on medium-low temp for about 10 minutes.

add shrimp, stir, cover and cook on medium for 15 minutes.

serve over hot rice. 
and voilà!

lastly, serve with a side salad and some warm french bread!

a couple of notes: for the wine, my mom suggested white but i used red since that's all i had handy and it was still very tasty. also, if you don't have tony's (shame, shame...just kidding) you can use any kind of cajun spicy seasoning. also, i like to use long grain white or jasmine rice for this, even though i'm a big brown rice fan. 

and you know what? i think i'll post a new recipe from my mom's family cookbook or the marshes to mansions cookbook every time the saints win a game, what do you think of that??

y'all have a great weekend!!


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