Monday, December 9, 2013

One 19 North Tapas and Wine Bar’s New Orleans BBQ Shrimp

Last month a favorite local foodie magazine called Sauce, published a delicious, spicy shrimp recipe that has climbed to the top five in our lengthy list of BBQ shrimp favorites. The creation of Chef Christopher Delgado of One 19 North Tapas and Wine Bar in Kirkwood, MO, this recipe is unique in its inclusion of heavy cream. Adding cream to such a delicious and complexly flavored sauce is pure genius because it gives the sauce cling. Instead of remaining on the plate after the shrimp have been zealously consumed, it clings to each delicious bite. Shrimp served in this style is often paired with slices of crusty bread to mop up the sauce, but here it is unnecessary. I served it over rice making it more of a meal than tapas. Not a piece of shrimp, drop of sauce, or grain of rice remained, it is that good. Don't let the long list of ingredients deter you from giving it a try. It goes together quickly and easily, and is well worth every minute of your time. Paired with a salad of mixed greens and a good white wine, this would make an exceptional Christmas Eve dinner. 

One 19 North Tapas and Wine Bar’s
New Orleans BBQ Shrimp 
Recipe by One 19 North’s Christopher Delgado, 
as appeared in Sauce Magazine, November 2013

 6 Tbsp. olive oil, divided 
Half a yellow onion, diced 
1 Tbsp. smoked paprika 
1 Tbsp. Old Bay seasoning  
1 tsp. cayenne pepper 
2 cloves garlic, minced 
½ lb. butter, cubed 
¼ cup Worcestershire sauce  
1 lemon, sliced 
2 bay leaves 
¾ Tbsp. whole black peppercorns 
2 to 4 sprigs thyme 
1 to 2 sprigs rosemary, finely chopped 
20 tail-on Gulf shrimp, peeled and deveined, divided 
1 cup 40 percent heavy cream, divided 
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste 
Chives, green onion or parsley, finely chopped, for garnish 

In a 2-quart, heavy-bottomed saucepot, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions and sauté until translucent. Add the smoked paprika, Old Bay seasoning and cayenne pepper. Cook until fragrant. 

Add the garlic, butter and Worcestershire sauce. Stir. Reduce heat to medium-low. 

Make a bouquet garni by placing the sliced lemon, bay leaves, peppercorns and thyme sprigs in a cheesecloth. Tie closed with butcher string. Place the bouquet garni into the sauce, reduce heat to low and simmer gently for 25 minutes.
Remove the sauce from heat, add the rosemary and let cool. Remove the bouquet garni and squeeze any remaining juices from the bouquet into the sauce. 

In a 12-inch sauté pan, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over high heat. Working in batches of 10, sear the shrimp in the oil for 20 seconds, then flip the shrimp and add a 2- to 3-ounce ladle of the sauce to the pan. Drizzle ½ cup of heavy cream over the shrimp and reduce heat to medium. Simmer the shrimp in the sauce 1 to 2 minutes. Remove the shrimp and place on a serving dish. Continue to simmer the sauce in the sauté pan until thickened, another 1½ minutes. Pour the thickened sauce over the cooked shrimp. 

Repeat the above step with the remaining 10 shrimp. 

Season with salt and pepper, and garnish with chives, green onion or parsley. Serve with slices of toasted ciabatta. 

One 19 North Tapas and Wine Bar, 119 N. Kirkwood Road, Kirkwood, 314.821.4119

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The Quintessential Magpie said...

I love NOLA BBQ shrimp! I can remember eating it for the first time there when I was young and just falling in love with it. And this recipe really sounds great. Thanks for sharing, Pattie.



Mary said...

Oh my... We love BBQ Shrimp! I can see why there was no grain of rice or drop of sauce left, it looks delicious!

Linda said...

Cream! Of course! How genius is that?

I would make you serve it twice - one time as you show it and another time with just the sauce and bread to sop it up!

~~louise~~ said...

What an amazing recipe, Pattie. That magazine always sounds so delicious!!! Do you know if it is available online?

The cream sure is a pleasant surprise. I'm sure I would love this dish. Of course, I can't try it now, you "guys" devoured it all!!!

Thank you so much for sharing...