Today Sunday Supper is celebrating Mardi Gras and I thought what better way to do that then to share my favourite New Orleans staple, the Shrimp Po Boy. Sadly I have actually only visit New Orleans in passing when I went to go see my parents while they were working in Biloxi Mississippi after hurricane Katrina. I flew into New Orleans and for a treat my dad stopped off at the French Quarter, which had already been fixed up at this point, for lunch. The Po Boy a fried shrimp or oyster sandwich is such a simple concept and yet is incredible. While we enjoyed this meal I have to say it just didn’t taste as good as the one I had that day. But them then I am competing against the atmosphere of the French Quarter so that probably makes a big difference.
One confession I have is I have slightly cheated by continuing to call this a shrimp po boy when in fact I used prawns. This side of the Atlantic shrimp are not commonly found so I have to use their cousins, prawns. Taste wise they are interchangeable. It just seemed wrong calling this classic dish prawn po boys.
So have you ever celebrated Mardi Gras? It looks like a very fun holiday to enjoy. Maybe one of these days my family will take a holiday and experience it for ourselves. But in the meanwhile I know I can enjoy some of these amazing dishes that the Sunday Supper crew have shared.
Shrimp Po Boy
(3/4 c.) fine cornmeal
(3/4 c.) flour
1 Tbsp Cajun seasoning
1 tsp salt
2 eggs, beaten
Peanut oil for frying
1/2 head iceberg lettuce, shredded
2-3 tomatoes, sliced about 1/4 inch thick
4 small French sandwich rolls
Recipe from Simply Recipes