Friday, October 2, 2009

Shrimp Po'boys

From Wikipedia, A po' boy (also po-boy, po boy, or poor boy) is a traditional submarine sandwich from Louisiana. It almost always consists of meat or seafood, usually fried, served on baguette-like Louisiana French bread. I love po'boys. This isn't truly authentic because usually the seafood is fried, but here I am on Weight Watchers, so I "grilled" my shrimp in a lime-cajun seasoning in a cast iron skillet. It was still finger lickin' good!

Shrimp Po'Boys
Homemade coleslaw (see recipe below)
8 oz shrimp (about 7-8 pieces per person)
cajun seasoning (such as this)
lime juice
2 french baguettes

1 cup shredded cabbage
half of a carrot grated
2 tbsp mayo
1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
salt & pepper

Oven Fries
1 large potato
cooking spray
cajun seasoning

To make the coleslaw, julienne (cut into very thin strips) the cabbage, place in a bowl. Grate half of a carrot and add to the cabbage. Add mayo, apple cider vinegar and salt and pepper. Stir to mix evenly and let set in the refrigerator for a few hours. It can be eaten immediately but if you let it sit, the cabbage breaks down more.

To make the shrimp po'boys marinade shrimp in the lime juice, cajun seasoning, salt and pepper. Let sit for a few minutes. Cut baguettes lengthwise in half, leaving a hinge. Toast in toaster oven or under a broiler. Preheat a cast iron skillet (if you don't have cast iron, you need at least one of these in your house, otherwise you your favorite skillet.) Place the shrimp around the skillet and cook for about 2-3 minutes per side. Assemble sandwich by placing coleslaw and then the shrimp.

To make oven fries, peel and cut a large potato into french fry strips. Spray with cooking oil and season with salt, pepper and cajun seasoning. Place in one layer on a cookie sheet. A pizza stone or other stoneware works amazing for this too. If you have a convection oven (my toaster oven has this setting) this seems to get the fries crispier. Otherwise pre-heat oven to 425-450 degrees and cook for about 20 minutes flipping in the middle.

This meal serves 2 but can easily be doubled. Weight Watchers: 9 points for entire meal.

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