Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Paula Deen's Shrimp Gumbo Bake

I like to try all of Paula's recipes and let you know how they are........well this was VERY good!
It's a great change from the normal chicken. :-)



  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 cup finely chopped celery
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon lemon-pepper seasoning
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons House Seasoning, recipe follows
  • 1 cup chicken or fish stock
  • 1 (14 1/2-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 10-ounce package frozen cut okra
  • 2 cups shrimp, cleaned, peeled, and deveined
  • (This wasn't in the recipe but I added 1 1/2 cups of rice to thicken it up some and it was good that way!)


  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 12-ounce package corn muffin mix


In an iron skillet, saute onion and celery in oil. Add bay leaves, thyme, lemon-pepper seasoning and House Seasoning. Pour in stock and add tomatoes and okra. Cover pot and gently simmer for 30 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in shrimp.

To prepare the topping, preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Mix together egg and milk, add to muffin mix, and combine until just well-blended. Drop by tablespoonfuls on top of hot shrimp mixture, leaving the center uncovered. Bake 15 to 20 minutes.

Cook's Note: This Southern dish usually is prepared and served in an iron skillet, but may be cooked in a frying pan with an ovenproof handle.

House Seasoning:

1 cup salt

1/4 cup black pepper

1/4 cup garlic powder

Mix ingredients together and store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Oyster Crackers

My mom used to always make these at the holidays. They are SO addictive. She used to send me back to college with a huge tin of them and I won't tell you how long they lasted. They are the BEST snack.


  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 (1 ounce) package dry Ranch-style dressing mix
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 (12 ounce) package oyster crackers


  1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees F (135 degrees C).
  2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together vegetable oil, ranch-style dressing mix, dill weed, lemon pepper and garlic powder. Pour this spice mixture over the crackers in a medium bowl, and stir until the crackers are coated. Arrange the crackers on a large baking sheet.
  3. Bake in the preheated 275 degrees F (135 degrees C) oven for 15 to 20 minutes.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Roasted Brussel Sprouts

This is a recipe from Barefoot Contessa. Scott thinks she is the boring person on earth. He always starts snoring when I'm watching her on TV. But she can cook. I would have gagged before I ate brussel sprouts until recently but these are REALLY good!


1 1/2 pounds Brussels sprouts
3 tablespoons good olive oil
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Cut off the brown ends of the Brussels sprouts and pull off any yellow outer leaves. Mix them in a bowl with the olive oil, salt and pepper. Pour them on a sheet pan and roast for 35 to 40 minutes, until crisp on the outside and tender on the inside. Shake the pan from time to time to brown the sprouts evenly. Sprinkle with more kosher salt ( I like these salty like French fries), and serve immediately.