Fat Tuesday is just a few days away, and I feel the need to get into the spirit early due to a hankering for some shrimp and sausage. I wanted to make a shrimp boil, and it’s pretty simple as there are only 4 main ingredients to it: shrimp, andouillle sausage, potatoes and corn…on the cob.
This is Chicago and we are in the middle of a polar vortex. There are no cobs of corn to be found here. So I had to adjust my plan. I decided to skip the boil portion and just cook the remaining ingredients in ghee and lemon. Ghee is essentially clarified butter: milk and water solids boiled off, leaving rich, golden butterfat.
Whoa! you say. Butterfat can’t be healthy, can it? Ghee stimulates the production of stomach acid, increases the absorption of other nutrients and is very supportive for acid reflux, ulcers and other digestive complaints. Ghee appears to help lower cardiovascular risks, but with everything, you must enjoy in moderation. It also has a higher smoke point, so it’s great for high-temperature cooking. Because it’s free of casein and other milk solids, if you are intolerant to butter you might be able to eat Ghee.
So the shrimp and sausage were covered, but that left the corn. What to do with the corn? A simple toss with some red peppers, lemon and tabasco and I ended up with perfect relish topping for my shrimp and sausage saute. Add a tortilla and I essentially ended up with a fajita-like dinner.
Get out the beads and get your taste buds ready with this Fat and Happy fajita-like Shrimp Boil (sortof).
Shrimp Boil Fajita with Tabasco Corn Relish
- 2 lemons
- 8 shrimp, cleaned and deveined
- 1 andouille sausage, sliced thin
- 4 small potatoes, (I used purple)
- 2 tablespoons ghee
- 2 tablespoons seafood seasoning
- 6 cloves garlic
- 8 oz corn kernels (non-gmo please), save the corn juice
- 1/2 cup diced red pepper
- 1 green onion
- 2 tablespoons tabasco
- 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
- 2 tortillas
Toss corn kernels, diced red pepper, chopped green onions, juice of 1 lemon, 2 minced cloves, thyme and the tabasco sauce in a bowl. Add a pinch of salt and set aside. Can add additional tabasco if you would like more heat.
Heat 1 tablespoon of the ghee over medium heat, add in the sliced potatoes in a single layer (if possible) and sprinkle with the seafood seasoning. Cook until browned on one side, and flip and brown on the second side. Pour onto a plate and set aside. Place the pan back on the heat and add the sausage, sprinkling with the seasoning. Cook until browned on the bottom, and then flip and brown on the second side. Push the sausage aside, and add the second tablespoon of ghee to the pan along with the shrimp and the chopped garlic. Sprinkle the shrimp well with the seafood seasoning. Cook a minute or two on each side until opaque.
Add in 1/2 cup corn juice or water and juice of 1/2 lemon, a good pinch of salt and simmer for just a few minutes to deglaze the pan and until most of the liquid evaporate. Toss well with the sausage.
Remove from heat, and add in the potatoes. Warm the tortillas quickly over the gas flame. Serve with warm tortillas, a lemon wedge dredged in creole seasoning and the relish.
Fat and Happy Tips and Techniques: This recipe made a hearty meal for two with just a couple of leftover bites.