Blackened Shrimp Po Boy

I normally wouldn’t do back to back recipes (shrimp/shrimp)…..but this deserved to be posted RIGHT NOW.   We don’t eat shrimp back to back either!

So last week my best friend and I had one of our girl’s night dinners….just her and I!  We try to do it a few times a month because even though we talk on the phone multiple times a day…(normal, right?) when dodgeball isn’t in season we don’t see each other often enough!   Thankfully dodgeball starts again next week and I get to see her once a week for the next few months…..YAY!!!    Anyway……enough about her…let’s move on…..

We decided on a local restaurant that we’ve been to before, but really like the atmosphere!  For the locals…Urban Table in Morristown…..PLUGGIN IT!  It’s great food, great atmosphere, and the prices aren’t crazy!   We had already decided on what we were getting…..cheesesteak spring rolls and a grilled chicken chopped salad to share……ooooor so we thought!!!    The waiter came over and read the specials and he barely uttered the entire list when Nil (BFFs name) and I looked over at each other and just knew…..HE IS HOT!!!!  Nooo,.just kidding……..MEAL CHANGE!  We were forgoing the salad….natch….and ordering up the Blackened Shrimp Po Boy with the Cheesesteak Spring Rolls!   We deserved it after a 12 day plank challenge we had just about finished anyway!

The second our meal arrived…..and we laid eyes on the Po Boy……we just knew!  And (Po) Boy,  were we right!  It was one of the most delicious things I had eaten in a long time!  I was really upset we decided to share…I wanted it all to myself!!!    Especially knowing I couldn’t just go back another day for it….because it was a special!

Po Gianna!

The combo of blackened shrimp and the pretzel bread….YUM…add in some pickles and lettuce and tomato….YUMMMMMMY!

So I decide I would be making my own very soon…and here I am less than a week later…recreating this sandwich.  And I get the whole thing to myself!!!!!!   Love ya, Nil….but mine…all mine!  🙂    Super easy, Super delicious!!!  MUST.  TRY.  SOON!!!

 

Blackened Shrimp Po Boys on Pretzel Rolls

4 Sandwiches

Shrimp — cleaned, peeled & deveined — I made enough for each sandwich to have 6-7 medium shrimp

Blackened Redfish Magic Seasoning (or any similar seasoning)

1/2 Stick of Butter

Pretzel Rolls (you can use any rolls…but I promise if you can find these..DO IT!)

Shredded Lettuce

Sliced Pickles

Sliced Tomato

Light Mayo

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Clean peel & devein shrimp.

Place in large ziplock with enough seasoning to coat all shrimp.

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Place in fridge for about 30 minutes – 1 hour.

Shred lettuce, slice pickles, slice tomato, prepare rolls (just scoop some of the inside of the roll out to make a nice hole).

Melt butter in large skillet.

Place shrimp in single layer and cook about 4 minutes, flip and cook another 3-4 minutes.  Remove from heat.

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Prepare your sandwich…….

Mayo on roll, shredded lettuce, tomato and pickles on one side…..mayo and shrimp on the other.

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Bring both sides together and ENJOY..I know you will!!!!!

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~gianna~

It’s a Jersey Thing

In honor of New Jersey (YES…..It’s being played in New Jersey, NOT New York) hosting the Super Bowl tomorrow, I decided to post a recipe that’s popular here.  And just because everyone’s asking and talking about it……This Jersey Girl and JETS fan will be sporting my Seahawks shirt (#25)!!!  Go Seahawks!!!

This is a great thing to make after a night of drinking…so maybe Monday morning after the big game!  

Here in NJ we have one of the most delicious things you’ll ever lay your mouth on.  In North Jersey we call it taylor ham, egg and cheese in South Jersey they call it pork roll, egg and cheese.  It’s also popularly known as “TEC” because this is what is written on the wrapper after it’s wrapped up to go with your coffee, iced tea, 1/2 & 1/2 (known around the world as an Arnold Palmer, but in my parts a 1/2 & 1/2).  You can’t even get taylor ham/pork roll in many parts of the USA….shocking that some people have never had the pleasure of enjoying this NJ delicacy.

So what IS taylor ham and pork roll, you ask????   Well Taylor Ham is actually a brand of pork roll…..just like Q-Tip is a brand of cotton swab or Band-Aid is a brand of adhesive bandage.  Pork roll is a breakfast meat…similar to ham, but when pan-fried in a skillet or on a griddle, tastes much different.   It gets sliced (sometimes it comes sliced already) into a circle and then gets 3 or 4 slits around the circle…to prevent the finished product from curling around the edges.  

Once cut up, you put the pieces onto a hot, buttered griddle or frying pan and cook it for about 5 minutes on each side…or until it’s browned.  On the other side of the pan or griddle crack open your eggs….right on the hot pan!  Cook the eggs however you like them cooked….they are usually served fully fried or over medium (yolk harder), BUT some like it a over-easy and more runny.  You can cook it however you’d like.  

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Once it’s almost cooked to your liking you add the American cheese and let it cook until it’s melted on top of the eggs!

Next you simply layer it all on top of a hard roll, a bagel, a croissant..I prefer mine on a hard roll and add some salt, pepper and ketchup (SPK).   When you order one of these sandwiches in NJ…..they will always ask “saltpepperketchup?”   3 words, mumbled into 1, but that any New Jerseyian understands. 


I eat mine with just ketchup…no salt or pepper!  So that’d be “TEC K” in Jersey terms!  I’d say most people get “TEC SPK”. Make sense???  


There really isn’t a specific recipe for this breakfast sandwich…it’s really how you like it!  All you need is


Taylor Ham (pork roll) sliced

Eggs

American Cheese (sliced)

saltpepperketchup

Rolls, bagels….


And voila……THE MOST AMAZING THING EVER!

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~gianna~

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