I miss New Orleans. The people are some of the warmest, friendliest people I’ve ever met when in a big city. They don’t scowl at you or judge you for asking them questions as a tourist. Actually, they love tourists. They respect them because so much of the city relies upon tourism dollars. So, they put out the whitest of tablecloths, the freshest catch of the day, and the largest cocktail in the ultimate show of hospitality for their city’s guests.
I still daydream of New Orleans food since our trip. My palette longs for flavorful po’ boys, blackened shrimp served bubbling hot with crusty bread, and savory etouffee. I knew I would miss the intense seasoning of the city’s dishes, so I bought River Road’s Blackened Shrimp Seasoning and grabbed this recipe from “Louisiana Cookin’: Authentic Cajun & Creole Cuisine” magazine and got busy in the kitchen. This tomato based rice dish is more like a thick stew and can be served with any shellfish. I regret not adding diced sausage to the pot while it simmered, but there’s always next time! Shimp Creole was a hit at dinner time in our house and it’s so easy to prep and prepare.
While this recipe isn’t mine, it is delicious and reminds me of New Orleans because of its intense Creole flavors. Recipe by Louisiana Cookin’ magazine.