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Monday, February 13, 2012

Mardi Maigre 'Po Boys

This months blogger night has been devoted to Fat Tuesday foods!  Or as my title suggests Skinny Tuesday as I'm now calling it.  Melissa and I got together and made some amazing New Orleans inspired dishes.  I made these amazing 'Po Boys with a spicy Cajun mayo, and a low fat Kings Cake.  Melissa whipped up a delicious gumbo and Cajun green beans, both of which you have to try!  Seriously, go there.

So for the 'Po Boys I fake 'fried' the shrimp, much in the same way I did the pickles from the last post, used a light mayo and kept the sandwich open faced.  This cuts back on the calories, but still gives you all the flavor you're craving.

1/2 lbs medium shrimp, shelled and deviened
1 cup panko crumbs
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup skim milk
dried basil
cayenne pepper
garlic powder
1 French baguette
1/2 cup light mayonnaise
Cajun seasoning (I used a pre-made mix)
shredded lettuce
sliced tomato
sliced red onion

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees F.  Take a cooling rack and place it on top of a tin foil lined baking sheet.  In one small bowl mix your flower with your garlic powder, cayenne pepper, basil and paprika.  I didn't measure this portion, just season it to your tastes (ie, if you don't like spicy, don't add very much cayenne).  Also add a little of the same spices to your panko crumbs in another small bowl.  In the third small bowl, place your milk.  Dredge each shrimp through the flour, then the milk and finally in the panko.  Add breaded shrimp to the cooling rack.  Repeat until all your shrimp have been coated.  Cook shrimp under the heat for about two minutes on each side, until shrimp is cooked through and they are a toasted brown on the outside.

Next mix your light mayo with your cajun seasoning.  You get a lot of flavor this way, but again, only add as much seasoning as you like.  It was very strong in pepper, but I love really strong flavors.  Take a Tbl of the mayo and spread it on a 3-4 inch section of the french baguette.  Then layer your lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles and shrimp.  Viola!  You're done.  Its delicious and I really encourage you not to skimp on the pickles.  They add the salty edge you need to compliment the crispy shrimp.

Next I'll give you low-fat King's Cake and a natural Hurricane.  You need a good drink if you're celebrating Carnival!

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