Shrimp Creole

shrimp creole

Sometimes it’s all about the tomatoes.

tomatoes, onions, parsley

Tomatoes and onions… And of course you have to peel a devein a few pounds of shrimp.
shrimps

I really question this whole process of blanching, seeding and dicing tomatoes sometimes, and really want to use a can of Cento or something.  Nonetheless!  Blanch the tomotoes…
tomatos

The skins peel right off…
blanch du tomates

Then dice them.  After peeling the shrimp and peeling seeding and dicing the tomatoes, the hard work here is done.
diced tomotoes

Into a large dutch oven it all goes…
ingredients a cooking

A few more ingredients at the standby:  a bay leaf, some paprika, cayenne, a bit of tomato paste will do the trick.  A pinch of sugar never hurts when it’s not the height of tomato season.
a few more things...

See, this all cooks down, the tomatoes dissolve and some carmelization starts to happen. (Did someone say Carmel?)
cook

After it cooks down, which does not take an eternity, the tomato paste goes in with the peppers.  The pepper and the paprika that is.  Isn’t paprika a pepper?
added ingredients

Then some shrimp stock, here we’re using three cups.

stock

After that cooks down, not quite a half hour, the shrimp go in.  They release enough liquid that it’s quite alright to let the mixture get toward the thick side before adding them in.
shrimps added and cooking down

The light also changed a bit, since it started pouring down rain outside.

pouring down rain

But inside, everything was looking just fine.
shrimp creole