shrimp po’boy + beignets

the other night was such a great mardi gras. no i didn’t go out and lose all my beads – i stayed home and made some cajun spicy shrimp po’boy’s and super fluffy (ok, a little flat), sweet beignets.

after my workout with opt of course. πŸ™‚

i’ve been dreaming of a blackened catfish po’boy from cajun steamer in birmingham, alabama ever since i moved. it was seriously the best friday happy hour treat, ever! now i seem to crave po’boys on a weekly basis so i had to make them for mardi gras.

instead of catfish though, i decided to make some grilled shrimp on my new panini grill. i love that it has multiple uses – who needs a stove, right?

first, i created a cajun seasoning mix adding cayenne pepper, salt, ground pepper, onion powder and red pepper flakes. i dethawed the shrimp in room temperature water then removed their tails. i coated them with the seasoning and a lot few squirts of tabasco.

the boy was very hungry so when i pitted out the insides of the french baguette i made a dipping sauce with some italian seasoning, balsamic vinaigrette, olive oil and cracked pepper to snack on.

while he grilled the shrimp on my grill (!!) for about 3-4 minutes, i prepped the dressings for the po’boy. traditional po’boys have mayo, tomato and lettuce. i got a fat-free mayo and mixed it with some tabasco and cayenne seasoning and the boy said it was pretty much a hit.

then end result was so satisfying! i also put some extra tabasco on my po’boy along with a squirt of fresh lemon juice.

i grabbed a bag of malt vinegar and coarse salt kettle chips for on the side because we definitely don’t have hush puppies in arizona. any great recipes you know of?

i had been dreaming of this po’boy all week, even during my workouts. it sounds crazy, but these used to be everywhere in south and i could have it whenever, wherever i wanted. sadly i can’t now, but it’s definitely a good treat to have every now and then.

i also made beignets from jenna’s recipe at eat, live, run. i’m having issues with my yeast though. 😦 i know it’s all trial and error and a learning process, but i want my dough to rise, dangit! they actually turned out like sopapilla’s and still tasted amazing.

we added some chopped strawberries and drizzled honey on top. mmmhh.

i’d just like to say for the record that i need a rolling pin. i’ve been using this baby lately:

happy thursday people!

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3 thoughts on “shrimp po’boy + beignets

  1. Renee says:

    Mmmm, those p’boys look good, but I’m captivated by that bottle of Shiraz. Anything with the word “cake” in it I’m interested in. How was it? πŸ™‚

    Oh yeah, I never thought of frying in coconut oil, hmmm…

    • ashley says:

      I think the word “cake” was the reason my boyfriend grabbed the bottle – because he knew I’d love it. It was a very good wine. I definitely recommend it. πŸ™‚

  2. Lisa D says:

    Looks SO delish Ash! I miss our happy hours at Cajun Steamer – those po’boys look just as good (if not better!)

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