Monday, April 16, 2018

Smothered Shrimp in Brown Gravy

Seasoned shrimp, smothered in a trinity enhanced brown gravy and best served over homemade mashed potatoes. Gravy pictured has a splash of Kitchen Bouquet added for richness.
Seasoned shrimp, smothered in a trinity enhanced brown gravy and best served over homemade mashed potatoes. Gravy pictured has a splash of Kitchen Bouquet added for richness.

Smothered Shrimp in Brown Gravy

Okay, you have probably not considered shrimp cooked in a brown, beef-based gravy, I'll give you that.

In a gumbo or stew form, shrimp is usually prepared with water, a shrimp stock, or maybe even chicken stock, but beef stock? Sounds a little odd for sure! This was not a dish my Mama ever made, and I remember thinking the very same thing first time I saw it, until... I tasted it. Fabulous!

Consider this. A simple, rich brown gravy roux and the trinity, with seasoned shrimp tossed in and served over (preferably homemade) mashed potatoes... what could possibly be disagreeable about that?

Though I guess you could say this is something of an etoufee or maybe even a shrimp stew, though it's the beef based brown gravy that sets this apart from those, or even a gumbo.

Some folks also know it as Shrimp Delicate, though I don't know much about that, other than rather than a gravy roux base, it typically is made with the shortcut addition of a beef stew seasoning packet.

Beef stew seasoning is primarily a cornstarch product that includes additional thickeners and glutens, plus salt, pepper, paprika, thyme, tomato, onion and sugar, caramel coloring.

I start mine with a little bacon, then cook the trinity in the drippings, add flour, some beef broth (if you completely object to the use of beef broth, you can substitute chicken or seafood stock), and stir in the shrimp and bacon. Serve over homemade mashed potatoes, rice, noodles, grits or even some homemade biscuits.

Gravy pictured at the top has Kitchen Bouquet stirred in for color and extra richness.

Kitchen Bouquet, is a browning and seasoning sauce and a pantry staple in this part of the Deep South where I'm from. Usually found in the condiments aisle, or near the dried herbs and seasonings, it is made with herbs, spices and pureed vegetables. When used in stews, sauces and gravies, it adds depth of flavor and richer color.

So simple, so delicious - try it! I got a feeling you'll fall in love with it. Here's how to make it.

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Posted by on November 13, 2009
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