RECIPE TITLE "Buffalo Shrimp"
Recipe from Ultimate Shrimp Book , Copyright © 2002 by Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarborough. All rights reserved.
Makes 4 appetizer servings
Since the mid-1980s, Buffalo chicken wings have been a favorite in bars and restaurants across the United States and Canada. Hot and spicy, dipped into a tangy blue-cheese sauce -- what could possibly be better? Nothing, except it's not shrimp. The spicy coating works well with shrimp's sweetness -- a combination that practically screams for a cold beer or a glass of iced tea, Buffalo Shrimp are best served hot, right out of the pan.
For the Blue Cheese Dip
1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream (regular, low-fat, or fat-free)
1/3 cup crumbled blue cheese (such as Danish Blue or Gorgonzola; about 2 ounces)
Juice of 1 lemon
2 teaspoons onion salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or more to taste
For the Shrimp
1 tablespoon unsalted buffer, melted
1/4 cup hot sauce (such as Texas Pete or Tiger Sauce, not salsa)
8 cups peanut oil or vegetable oil
1 pound medium shrimp (35 to 40 per pound), peeled, leaving the final segment of the tail shell intact, and deveined
2 cups all-purpose flour
1. To prepare the blue cheese dip, combine the mayonnaise, sour cream, blue cheese, lemon juice, onion salt, garlic powder, and pepper in a small bowl and mix until well combined. (The dip can be prepared up to 24 hours in advance and kept covered in the refrigerator.)
2. To prepare the shrimp, combine the melted butter and hot sauce in a large mixing bowl and set aside.
3. Pour the oil into a large saucepan at least 4 inches deep and 10 inches in diameter; the oil should be 1 1/2 inches deep but reach no more than halfway up the sides of the pan. Alternatively, fill an electric deep fryer with oil according to the manufacturer's instructions. If you're using a pan, clip a deep-frying thermometer to the inside and place the pan over medium heat. Heat the oil to 375 degrees F. Adjust the heat to maintain that temperature while you prepare the shrimp. If you're using an electric deep fryer, set the temperature control to 375 degrees F.
4. Dredge the shrimp in the flour and shake off the excess. Fry the shrimp, about 10 at a time, for 1 minute, or until lightly browned. Remove the shrimp from the pan with a slotted spoon or strainer, and place on paper towels to drain.
5. Toss the hot shrimp in the butter/hot sauce glaze, coating them completely. Serve warm with the blue cheese dipping sauce.
| Ultimate Shrimp Book
With more than 700 recipes, this volume feeds America's craving for shrimp. Whether shrimp is fried, baked, grilled, in dips, wraps, or salads, everyone is crazy about it. There are retro favorites like Shrimp thermidor and Shrimp a la King, and modern classics, such as Japanese Maki Rolls and Portuguese Pasta with Chorizo and Clams. Roaming through the world's cuisines (Indian, Brazilian, French, Italian, and Mexican), this is the only book anyone needs to prepare dishes like Vietnamese Sugar Cane Shrimp, Coconut Fried Shrimp, Shrimp Etouffee, and even Shrimp Pizza. In the style of the Ultimate series, each recipe is followed by variations that spice up and reinvent dishes.