*For the record, while the food will be yummy, we are by far the most excited to catch up with some of our best friends and see my sweet relief team buddy Steph walk down the aisle. If we had to choose between the food or the friends, we'd choose the friends every time. :)
I joked with Cori that we would make friends by having people over for a Cajun/Creole meal. Surely, they would be so amazed by the food that they'd be our best friends for life, right? ;)
So far we've succeeded on several fronts. We made sure to buy a big ol' bottle of Tony's seasoning before we left, and we incorporate that in a lot of our meals. We also stocked up on some of Zatarains mixes, like shrimp etouffee and jumbalaya. When we had our neighbors over for dinner last weekend, we made jumbalaya and not only was it easy to make (thanks, Zats!) it was a definite hit.
My other big flavor-of-New Orleans-in-Florida hit has come in the form of a little dish we call Shrimp Roban. One of my favorite restaurants in New Orleans is Semolina's, and while I was forced to travel out to Metaire to eat there after their Magazine Street Bistro closed, it was ALWAYS worth it to go. No need for a menu, just bring me a diet coke and some Shrimp Roban.
Now, my sweet roommate Laura, knowing my slightly obsessive love for this dish, found a recipe for shrimp roban and made it for the bridal shower she and my other roommate, Kim, threw for me back in May. So when we moved to Tampa, I had hope; maybe I too, could make shrimp roban.
I did a little online-searching and found the recipe here. I got the ingredients, printed out the recipe, and was about to start cooking it when I realized something funny. The recipe says that it yields 1 serving, yet it calls for using quantities like 1 gallon of Alfredo Sauce, a 1/2 pound of butter, and 4 cups of green onion. Say what?! I'm thinking their '1 serving' meant '1 serving for a party of 50' or something along those lines. So, my sweet husband kindly did the math and reduced the portions to a more do able size. It depends on how much you eat (i.e., my skinny but never gains a pound husband could easily eat about 4 servings), but I'd guess this probably makes enough for about 6. Which works great, because I love leftovers!
So here it is:
1 pint or 16 fl oz or 2 cups of Alfredo Sauce
1/2 pint or 8 fl oz or 1 cup of heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup chopped green onion, white and green
4 teaspoons blackened red fish seasoning (I found some made by Emeril's)
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 tablespoon minced garlic
Just a few notes- I usually use a little less cayenne pepper; while I can handle some spiciness, I prefer to not drink 6 cups of water with my meal. But if you love spice, go for it! I also tend to go heavier on the garlic, because I LOVE garlic. I think the few times I've made this, I've used more like 2 tablespoons of garlic, and it was wonderful. Also, while obviously fresh minced garlic is better, I've gone the
I will also say that you could just as easily substitute chicken for shrimp. I use shrimp just because I adore shrimp and end up cooking lots of other dishes with chicken. Honestly, it's the sauce that makes this meal such a winner... I think I could drizzle roban sauce on anything and I would love it.
So there you have it! One of my all-time favorite meals. I was thrilled when I realized I was able to make this- it's delicious, and honestly doesn't take long to prepare! I made it last week for my Bible study and got compliments, which I think officially affirmed for me that this meal is a winner.