Monday, May 23, 2011

Honey Mint Corn Meal-Crusted Shrimp



Last week I had a hankering for some shrimp and there was also some mint staring back at me from the fridge that was aching to wilt away, so it was time to get a little creative.

A couple of months ago, maybe for the Mardi Gras party we had, I needed to buy some corn meal for a recipe. I ended up being forced to buy a 5 lb bag and I needed maybe 1 cups worth. So I've been thinking of ways to use the yellow corn meal (I'm close to making my own tortillas, I think). Recently I bought some honey, as well, and short of putting it in tea for a sore throat I'm not liable to use it very frequently in cooking.

I decided to jam all these variables into the DBS Processor and see what shoots out. Typically when I coat a piece of chicken, I'll use an egg yolk or even some cornstarch. I decided to roll the shrimp around in the honey as the base.

Then I took the shrimp and sprinkled some finely chopped mint on them. The honey, of course, caused it to stick perfectly. Next I coated the shrimp in a blend of yellow corn meal and Penzey's Old World Spice (paprika and celery salt, primarily). A whole box of unopened Penzey spices have arrived at my house now that DB~ has moved in -- what she never used will be used anew!


I got some vegetable oil nice and hot in a skillet and fried the shrimp for 2-3 minutes a side. The shrimp were served with standard corn niblets and a rice/lentil mixture. Not too shabby, but not "restaurant quality" either.

3 comments:

  1. Interesting you chose the egg yolk/cornstarch option. I assumed that if you were to coat a chicken you'd opt for a nice blazer from Casual Male.

    (Or perhaps something from Joseph A. Bank's 1996 Fall Collection. That was a good year. I think they used real brass in the buttons that season.)

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  2. Dale Berras StashMay 26, 2011 at 7:33 AM

    If I were taking my shrimp out on the town, I may have selected a nice sportcoat from Men's Wearhouse for them.

    But since they were just going in my CAKE CRUNCHER, we kept it casual.

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  3. If you're cake is crunching, that's not cake you're eating.

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