Cajun White Beans with Shrimp

white beans with shrimp in a bowl with rice and parsley garnish
white beans with shrimp in a bowl with rice and parsley garnish
White Beans with Shrimp
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This is Cajun comfort food at it's best! Creamy, mellow flavored White Beans simmered in a rich stock with Cajun/Creole seasonings and succulent, tasty Gulf Shrimp. Serve over cooked rice with some crispy french bread and a green salad and you have a seriously comforting treat from the Bayou.
Servings Prep Time
12 Servings 30 Minutes
Cook Time Calories per Serving
3 1/2 Hours 306
Servings Prep Time
12 Servings 30 Minutes
Cook Time Calories per Serving
3 1/2 Hours 306
white beans with shrimp in a bowl with rice and parsley garnish
White Beans with Shrimp
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This is Cajun comfort food at it's best! Creamy, mellow flavored White Beans simmered in a rich stock with Cajun/Creole seasonings and succulent, tasty Gulf Shrimp. Serve over cooked rice with some crispy french bread and a green salad and you have a seriously comforting treat from the Bayou.
Servings Prep Time
12 Servings 30 Minutes
Cook Time Calories per Serving
3 1/2 Hours 306
Servings Prep Time
12 Servings 30 Minutes
Cook Time Calories per Serving
3 1/2 Hours 306
This is What You Need
Herb and Spice Blend
This is What You Do
  1. Soak the beans. See Notes
  2. Peel, clean and rinse shrimp. Pat dry with a paper towel and combine with some creole seasoning and set aside. Chop and measure all other ingredients and set aside until needed.
  3. Starting in a cold dutch oven, saute the bacon until most of the fat is rendered.
  4. Leaving bacon in the dutch oven, turn down the heat and add the onions, bell peppers and celery. Saute slowly until starting to brown and caramelize, about 6 minutes.
  5. Turn up the heat and add the garlic and about ⅔ of the Herb and Seasoning Blend. Stir for 2 to 3 minutes until aromatic.
  6. Add the beans (after draining) and stir well to coat all the beans with the bacon grease, trinity and spices. Saute about 4 or 5 minutes.
  7. Add a little stock to deglaze the dutch oven (if needed), scraping up all the browned goodness on the bottom.
  8. Add the remaining stock and the liquid crab boil (see Notes); bring to a full boil, reduce heat to a heavy simmer and continue uncovered for about 5 minutes while all the flavors begin to come together.
  9. Lower heat to a simmer, cover pot and cook for about 2 to 3 hours, stirring occasionally so it does not stick.
  10. At about the 2-hour mark, start testing the beans to see if they are getting tender. Remove the cover intermittently if the beans need to thicken once they are soft.
  11. Once the beans are soft, taste for seasoning. Add the remaining Herb and Spice Blend and about 2 teaspoons of salt. The shrimp will absorb some salt so it's OK to be a little salty at this point.
  12. Add the shrimp by hand, a few at a time, and mix in thoroughly.
  13. Keeping the beans on a slow simmer, cover the pot and simmer for about 10 to 15 minutes.
  14. Remove from heat and let sit covered for about 5 minutes. Taste again for salt and add more if desired.
  15. Remove the bay leaves and serve over long grain rice.
Recipe Notes

The beans will soften quicker if they are soaked prior to cooking.  According to Camellia Beans, there are three easy ways to do this. I usually use the one-hour quick method. Read about them here.

Liquid Crab Boil is a liquid seasoning Zatarain's and used in boiling seafood in Louisiana. It is concentrated and very potent, so resist the urge to use more than called for until you taste the beans. I have ruined dished before by using a little too much Liquid Crab Boil. It's a unique flavor and cannot be easily duplicated. You can buy some here. Substitute some cayenne pepper to taste if you can't get the Crab Boil, you'll miss the distinct flavor but you'll get the heat.

This recipe was developed using Great Northern Beans, but it can be made with Navy Beans with no change in flavor or even Red Kidney Beans with a very slight change in texture and flavor.

This recipe is best if you can use some homemade shrimp stock. I realize not everyone has some in the freezer, so if you want to make some from the shrimp heads and shells, read this. If not, this recipe is still very good with some commercial chicken stock or seafood stock.  Just click those links and buy some.

I recommend not salting your beans until the end. There are a couple of reasons for this and you should check out my article on beans so that you can learn more about it.

 

Nutrition Facts
White Beans with Shrimp
Amount Per Serving
Calories 306 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 20%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 90mg 30%
Sodium 834mg 35%
Potassium 643mg 18%
Total Carbohydrates 24g 8%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 3g
Protein 20g 40%
Vitamin A 9%
Vitamin C 16%
Calcium 8%
Iron 22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Homemade Turkey Stock

Making turkey stock

The heart of many great dishes is a rich stock. This recipe makes about 8 cups of rich turkey stock which can be used in many ways, including soups, sauces and gumbos.

Making turkey stock
Sweet Daddy D's Homemade Turkey Stock
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The heart of many great dishes is a rich stock. This recipe makes about 8 cups of rich turkey stock which can be used in many ways, including soups, sauces and gumbos.
Servings Prep Time
8 Cups 30 minutes
Cook Time Calories per Serving
4 hours 124
Servings Prep Time
8 Cups 30 minutes
Cook Time Calories per Serving
4 hours 124
Making turkey stock
Sweet Daddy D's Homemade Turkey Stock
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The heart of many great dishes is a rich stock. This recipe makes about 8 cups of rich turkey stock which can be used in many ways, including soups, sauces and gumbos.
Servings Prep Time
8 Cups 30 minutes
Cook Time Calories per Serving
4 hours 124
Servings Prep Time
8 Cups 30 minutes
Cook Time Calories per Serving
4 hours 124
This is What You Need
Herb Bundle
This is What You Do
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Prepare a heavy baking sheet with nonstick spray or a light coat of vegetable oil.
  2. Pull all the meat off the carcass from a leftover turkey. Reserve the meat to add to gumbo later. Break the bones into manageable pieces and place them along with the back, neck and giblets (if available) on the baking sheet. Roast in the 425 degree oven for 20 to 30 minutes.
  3. While the turkey bones are roasting, cut the onion and bell pepper in half and the celery and carrots into 1" to 2" pieces. Tie the fresh herbs together with butcher twine and place the black pepper corns in a garni bag or wrap in cheese cloth.
  4. Heat the olive oil in a large stock put until shimmering. Add the vegetables, cut side down to the oil and saute until starting to brown. Add the ham hock, bay leaves and herb bundle-stir well so everything gets a hit of olive oil.
  5. Remove the turkey carcass from the oven and add the bones to the stockpot, making sure to add any juice and fond that had developed while roasting the bones. Stir well to incorporate all the ingredients.
  6. Throw in the black pepper corns and 24 cups of cold water into the stock pot and stir to make sure everything settles.
  7. Bring the stock pot to a rolling boil for about 10 minutes, then lower to a simmer.
  8. Continue to simmer for a total of three hours, covering the pot occasionally to control the evaporation.
  9. Skim off any scum that developed on top and discard.
  10. When finished, remove everything with a large slotted spoon and strain the stock through cheesecloth into a container.
Recipe Notes

This is  the perfect use for a leftover turkey carcass. Make sure to strip as much meat off as you can and use it in whatever the final dish is.

Most fresh or frozen turkeys come with the neck, heart, gizzards and liver-this is call the giblets. They will be in a bag stuffed into the cavity of the bird. Take those out and use them in the stock.

Roasting the bones is optional but enhances the flavor of depth which isn't there if you don't roast them.

Use whole black peppercorns. If you can get one of those little garni bags or use some cheese cloth to tie them together, you won't have to be concerned that someone will bite into a peppercorn.

This stock can be refrigerated for about four days and frozen for about six months. Same with the carcass. If you can't use it right away, a couple of days in the fridge, then freeze it for up to six month. few months.

Nutrition Facts
Sweet Daddy D's Homemade Turkey Stock
Amount Per Serving
Calories 124 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 22mg 7%
Sodium 57mg 2%
Potassium 382mg 11%
Total Carbohydrates 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 4g
Protein 7g 14%
Vitamin A 72%
Vitamin C 70%
Calcium 6%
Iron 8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Mirliton Crab Bisque

Mirliton Crab Bisque with crab meat in a bowl with three mirlitons

Mirliton-the wrinkly green vegetable, found in family gardens and farmers markets all over South Louisiana. This versatile and unique squash is a staple of Louisiana, served many ways-pickled, casseroles and stuffed. My favorite is this wonderful Mirliton Crab Bisque. The mirliton’s mild flavor is a perfect vehicle for the succulent and rich crab meat and unique spice blend of nutmeg, allspice and cardamon. Perfect for an appetizer or the main course, served with crisp french bread and a green salad.

Mirliton Crab Bisque with crab meat in a bowl with three mirlitons
Sweet Daddy D's Mirliton Crab Bisque
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Mirliton Crab Bisque-the mirliton's mild flavor is a perfect vehicle for the succulent and rich crab meat and unique spice blend of nutmeg, allspice and cardamon in a creamy, rich bisque. Perfect for an appetizer or the main course, served with crisp french bread and a green salad.
Servings Prep Time
8 Servings 30 Minutes
Cook Time Calories per Serving
1 Hour 542
Servings Prep Time
8 Servings 30 Minutes
Cook Time Calories per Serving
1 Hour 542
Mirliton Crab Bisque with crab meat in a bowl with three mirlitons
Sweet Daddy D's Mirliton Crab Bisque
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Mirliton Crab Bisque-the mirliton's mild flavor is a perfect vehicle for the succulent and rich crab meat and unique spice blend of nutmeg, allspice and cardamon in a creamy, rich bisque. Perfect for an appetizer or the main course, served with crisp french bread and a green salad.
Servings Prep Time
8 Servings 30 Minutes
Cook Time Calories per Serving
1 Hour 542
Servings Prep Time
8 Servings 30 Minutes
Cook Time Calories per Serving
1 Hour 542
This is What You Need
Herb and Spice Blend
This is What You Do
  1. Slice the mirlitons in half, lengthwise and poach in salted water for about 45 minutes until very tender when probed.
  2. Remove from the water and allow the mirlitons to cool, then remove and discard the seed and scoop out the meat with a spoon.
  3. Chop the mirliton; set aside until needed, but reserve about ¼ cup of pieces to add to the bisque at the end.
  4. Melt butter in a heavy bottom dutch oven over medium high heat until bubbly
  5. Add yellow onions and celery and saute until the onions are starting to clear-about 5 minutes.
  6. Add green onions and saute for another 2 minutes.
  7. Add the flour and mix in thoroughly, stirring constantly to make a blond roux-about 3 minutes; don't let the roux brown,
  8. Mix in the creole seasoning.
  9. Add the carrots, stir to coat with the roux, then add in the mirliton and stir everything together very well.
  10. Lower heat and allow everything to simmer for about 10 minutes while the mirliton releases some of its liquid. Stir often and mash some the mirliton with your spoon while you stir.
  11. Increase the heat and add the stock and the wine.
  12. Mix well and bring it to a boil. Then reduce the heat and maintain a heavy simmer for about 20 minutes while it thicken. Stir often.
  13. Test to make sure the carrots are soft, then using an immersion blender, smooth out the bisque, making sure to get all the carrots and mirliton pieces.
  14. Add in the heavy whipping cream and stir together until it is all incorporated. Mix in about half of the spice blend and 1 teaspoon of salt.
  15. Add in the crab meat making sure not to break it up. Add the reserved mirliton pieces and carefully blend everything together well.
  16. Now that the crab meat is in, taste it again to check the seasonings. Add more of the reserved spice blend and salt if needed.
  17. Serve this in a cup as an appetizer, or in bowl as an entree. Some nice saltines or crispy french bread go well with the bisque as does a nice green salad.
Recipe Notes

Mirlitons are also called chayote or alligator pears. They will vary in size but  you want about four cups of prepared mirliton meat for this recipe.

Have some extra stock in reserve in case the bisque needs to be thinned out. Vegetable or chicken stock are an excellent substitute for seafood stock.

This recipe makes about 8 full size servings (bowls) or 12 appetizer size servings (cups)

Nutrition Facts
Sweet Daddy D's Mirliton Crab Bisque
Amount Per Serving
Calories 542 Calories from Fat 423
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 47g 72%
Saturated Fat 29g 145%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 188mg 63%
Sodium 628mg 26%
Potassium 374mg 11%
Total Carbohydrates 16g 5%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 4g
Protein 14g 28%
Vitamin A 117%
Vitamin C 21%
Calcium 9%
Iron 9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.