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  1. 2 lbs 908g / 32oz Fresh shrimp - heads off

  2. 1/2 cup 118ml Vegetable oil

  3. 2 cups 292g / 10oz Bell peppers - chopped (large)

  4. 10 Tomatoes - peeled, seeded

  5. 1 teaspoon 5ml Ground red pepper

  6. 1/2 teaspoon 2 1/2ml Ground white pepper

  7. 1 tablespoon 15ml Fresh basil or 5 Bay leaves

  8. 1 cup 146g / 5.1oz Parsley - chopped

  9. 3 cups 187g / 6.6oz Yellow onions - chopped (medium)

  10. 5 Celery ribs - chopped fine

  11. 2 teaspoons 10ml Salt

  12. 1/2 teaspoon 2 1/2ml Ground black pepper

  13. 1 tablespoon 15ml Fresh thyme or 2 t dried

  14. 1 1/2 teaspoons 7 1/2ml Sugar

  15. 1 cup 62g / 2 1/5oz Green onions - chopped

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  1. Recipe Instructions Peel and devein the shrimp. Place heads (if you have them), and peels in a small saucepan and add the water. Bring to a slow boil over medium-high heat and let boil slowly for 15-20 minutes. Strain and discard the heads and peels. Place the oil in a Dutch oven or other large, heavy pot and place over medium-high heat. Add the onions, peppers, and celery and saute stirring often, until the vegetables are very soft, about 45 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes, salt, peppers, herbs, sugar, and shrimp stock and return to simmer. Reduce heat to medium and let simmer for 2 hours, stirring occasionally, This is your Creole sauce; it can be prepared 1 or 2 days in advance and stored in the refrigerator (I find the sauce is even better after sitting a couple of days in the refrigerator). When you are ready to serve, return the sauce to a simmer and add the shrimp. Cook until they turn pink, 5-7 minutes. Stir in the green onions and parsley and let cook for 1 minute more. Serve on flat plates over beds of rice. SHRIMP AND HAM OR TASSO JAMBALAYA: Prepare Shrimp Creole as above, but add about a pound of cubed ham and a 4-ounce can of tomato sauce to the finished sauce and simmer 45 minutes more. Meanwhile, boil or steam 2-3 cups raw rice. Finish the sauce (which will be your jambalaya base) by adding the shrimp, green onions, and parsley as above. (If you are using leftover Shrimp Creole, remove the shrimp and reheat the sauce, add the ham and tomato sauce, and proceed as above. Return the shrimp to the pan at the end of cooking.) Place the hot, cooked rice in a large bowl, pour the jambalaya base over, mix well, and serve. You can also prepare this dish with sausage instead of ham.


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