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  1. --SEASONING MIX-- 1 ts Salt

  2. 1/2 ts Sweet paprika

  3. 1/2 ts Black pepper

  4. 1/2 ts Dried thyme leaves

  5. 1/2 ts Sweet basil

  6. 1/2 ts Gumbo file

  7. --MAIN INGREDIENTS-- 3 Slices bacon, diced

  8. 1 1/2 c Onions, chopped very fine

  9. 1 c Green bell peppers, chopped

  10. 1/4 lb 1 Tbsp unsalted butter

  11. 3/4 ts White pepper

  12. 3/4 ts Ground cayenne pepper

  13. 1/2 lb Small shrimp

  14. 1 1/2 c Basic seafood stock

  15. 6 Shucked oysters (med. size)

  16. 3/4 c All-purpose flour

  17. 1/2 c Green onions, chopped fine

  18. 1/4 c Grated Parmesan cheese

  19. --FLOUNDER SEASONING MIX-- 2 ts Salt

  20. 1 ts Sweet paprika

  21. 1/2 ts White pepper

  22. 1/2 ts Onion powder

  23. 1/2 ts Garlic powder

  24. 1/2 ts Dry mustard

  25. 1/4 ts Ground cayenne pepper

  26. 1/4 ts Dried thyme leaves

  27. 1/4 ts Dried sweet basil leaves

  28. 6 Flounders (see note)

  29. 1 1/2 c Grated cheddar cheese

  30. 1 to 1-1/4 pounds each, boned, heads removed and brown side split down the center. Combine the first seasoning mix ingredients in a small bowl; mix well and set aside. In a large skillet fry the bacon over high heat until crisp. Add onions, celery and bell peppers. Stir well and saute until vegetables start to get tender, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add

  31. 3 tablespoons of the butter and the white and red peppers; stir until butter is melted. Stir in the shrimp and the first seasoning mix. Continue cooking for about 3 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally and scraping pan bottom well. Stir in the stock and the oysters; cook and stir about 6 to 8 minutes. Remove from heat. Use a slotted spoon

  32. 15 to 30 seconds. Return mixture to skillet, stirring to blend with liquid; turn heat to high, and cook until mixture starts sticking excessively, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally and scraping pan bottom well. Remove from heat. Meanwhile, in a 1-quart saucepan melt the remaining

  33. 6 tablespoons butter over high heat; when almost melted, remove from heat, then add

  34. 1/4 cup of the flour and stir until mixture is smooth. Return to high heat for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Turn heat to high under the stuffing mixture; gradually add the butter-flour mixture, stirring constantly until well blended. If mixture starts "weeping" oil at this point, stir in about 2 tablespoons more stock or water.

  35. 1 to 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the green onions

  36. 1 minute more, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in the Parmesan. Cool slightly, then refrigerate until chilled, about 30 minutes. In a small bowl thoroughly combine the flounder seasoning mix ingredients. Open the flounders for stuffing. Sprinkle

  37. 1/4 teaspoon ofthe seasoning mix on the inside of each flouner. Mound

  38. 1/4 cup of the cheddar cheese in the center of each, then spoon a scant

  39. 1/2 cup chilled stuffing on top of the cheese. Close the fish so the stuffing doesn't show. Cover and refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours. Sprinkle

  40. 1/4 teaspoon of the seasoning mix on each side of each chilled flounder, patting it in with your hands. In a pan (cake and pie pans work well) combine the remaining seasoning mix with the remaining

  41. 1/2 cup flour. In a large, heavy skillet heat

  42. 1/4 inch oil over high heat to about 350F. Meanwhile, place each flounder (split side up) in the seasoned flour to coat only the bottom surface. Carefully slide each flounder into the hot oil and fry the bottom until it's crispy, crunchy and brown-brown!-- about 3 to 4 minutes. Without draining, place the flounder, still split side up, on an ungreased cooke sheet. Bake at

  43. 550F until the fish are cooked and well browned on top, about 10 minutes (after about 4 minutes, drape a piece of aluminum foil over the tails so they won't burn). Serve immediately as is, or topped with Hollandaise Sauce, Shrimp and Crab Buttercream Sauce, or Bearnaise Sauce From Paul Prudhomme's Louisiana Kitchen


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