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Emeril's New Orleans Barbecued Shrimp with Petite Rosemary Biscuits

Recipe adapted from New New Orleans Cooking, by Emeril Lagasse and Jessie Tirsch, William Morrow Cookbooks, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, New York, 1993, courtesy Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc.


• 2 pounds medium-large shrimp, shell-on (21 count per pound)
• 2 tablespoons Emeril's Original Essence
• ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
• 2 tablespoons olive oil
• ¼ cup chopped onions
• 2 tablespoons minced garlic
• 3 bay leaves
• 3 lemons, peeled and sectioned
• 2 cups water
• ½ cup Worcestershire sauce
• ¼ dry white wine
• ¼ teaspoon salt
• 2 cups heavy cream
• 2 tablespoons butter
• 12 petite rosemary biscuits, recipe follows, or your favorite biscuits
• Chopped chives, for garnish

Method of Preparation:

Peel and devein the shrimp, leaving only their tails attached. Reserve the shells separately.

Sprinkle the shrimp with 1 tablespoon of the Essence and ¼ teaspoon of the pepper. Toss to coat the shrimp well and refrigerate the shrimp until you have made the sauce and the biscuits.

Make the sauce: Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large pot over high heat. When the oil is hot, add the onions and garlic and sauté for 1 minute. Add the reserved shrimp shells, the remaining Essence, the bay leaves, lemons, water, Worcestershire, wine, salt, and the remaining ¼ teaspoon black pepper. Stir well and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Remove from the heat, allow to cool for about 15 minutes, and strain into a small saucepan. There should be about 1 ½ cups. Place over high heat, bring to a boil, and cook until thick, syrupy, and dark brown, about 15 minutes longer. You should have 4 to 5 tablespoons of barbecue sauce base.

Make the biscuits according to directions and set aside to keep warm until ready to serve.

Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil in a large skillet over high heat. When the oil is hot, add the shrimp and quickly sauté them, occasionally shaking the skillet, until almost cooked through, about 2 minutes. Add the cream and all of the barbecue base. Stir and simmer for 3 minutes. Remove the shrimp to a warm platter. Cook the sauce until it is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, 4 to 5 minutes longer. Whisk the butter into the sauce. Remove from the heat.

Arrange the shrimp in the center of 4 large dinner plates and spoon the sauce over the shrimp and around the plate. Arrange the biscuits around the shrimp. Garnish with chopped chives.

Yields: 4 servings

Petite Rosemary Biscuits


• 1 cup all purpose flour
• 1 teaspoon baking powder
• 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
• ½ teaspoon salt
• 3 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
• ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons buttermilk, and more if needed
• 1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary

Method of Preparation:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt into a large mixing bowl.

Add the butter and, using your fingers or a pastry blender, work the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add ½ cup of the buttermilk, a little at a time, and using your hands, work it into the dry ingredients just enough to make a dough come together. If it seems dry, you can add up to 2 tablespoons more; this will depend on the humidity and the type of flour that you use. Be careful not to overwork or over-handle the dough, or the biscuits will be tough.

Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and pat into a thickness of about ½-inch. Using a 1-inch round cookie cutter, cut out 12 biscuits. Place the biscuits on a baking sheet and bake until golden on top and lightly browned on the bottom, 10 to 12 minutes. Serve warm.

Makes 12 mini-biscuits


Emeril's BBQ Shrimp