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Seafood Dirty Rice

Chef Prudhomme's
Louisiana Kitchen

by Paul Prudhomme, 1984,
William Morrow and Co., Inc.

Makes 6 main-dish servings

1 3/4 pounds small shrimp with heads
and shells (see note)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 cup canned tomato sauce
3 tablespoons very finely chopped onions
2 1/2 tablespoons very finely chopped
green bell peppers
2 tablespoons very finely chopped celery
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon white pepper
1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper (preferably cayenne)
1 1/2 cups Basic Shrimp Stock (recipe follows)
1/2 cup heavy cream
3 1/2 cups Basic Cooked Rice (recipe follows)
3/4 cup very finely chopped green onions
1 cup, packed, lump crabmeat (picked over),
about 1/2 pound

Note:  If shrimp with heads are not available, buy 1 pound shrimp with
shells and substitute other seafood ingredients for the heads in making
the seafood stock.

Peel the shrimp and use the heads and shells to make the stock; refrigerate shrimp until ready to use.
In a large skillet melt the butter with the oil. Add the tomato sauce, onions,
bell peppers, celery, garlic, salt, white pepper, thyme and red pepper; sauté
over medium heat 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the stock and continue
cooking over high heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the cream
and simmer about 4 minutes. Add the shrimp and simmer 3 minutes longer,
stirring occasionally. Stir in the rice, green onions and crabmeat, keeping the
lumps of crabmeat intact as much as possible. Heat through and serve immediately.

Basic Shrimp Stock

About 2 quarts cold water
1 medium onion, unpeeled and quartered
1 large clove garlic, unpeeled and quartered
1 rib celery
1 1/2 pounds rinsed shrimp heads and/or shells

Always start with cold water – enough to cover the other stock ingredients.
Place all ingredients in a stock pot or a large saucepan. Bring to a boil over
high heat, then gently simmer at least 4 hours, preferably 8, replenishing
the water as needed to keep about 1 quart of liquid in the pan. The pot
may be uncovered or set a lid on it askew. Strain, cool and refrigerate until
ready to use. (Note: Remember that if you are short on time, using a stock
simmered 20 to 30 minutes is far better than using just water in any recipe.)

Basic Cooked Rice

Makes 6 cups

“If you make this ahead of time and store it, omit the bell peppers –
they tend to sour quickly. Use chicken stock if you are serving the
rice with a chicken dish, seafood stock with a seafood dish, beef
with a beef dish…”

2 cups uncooked rice (preferably converted)
2 1/2 cups basic stock
1 1/2 tablespoons very finely chopped onions
1 1/2 tablespoons very finely chopped celery
1 1/2 tablespoons very finely chopped green
bell peppers
1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
(preferred) or margarine, melted
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
A pinch each of white pepper, ground red pepper
(preferably cayenne) and black pepper

In a 5 x 9 x 2 1/2-inch loaf pan, combine all ingredients; mix well. Seal
pan snugly with aluminum foil. Bake at 350 degrees [F.] until rice is
tender, about 1 hour, 10 minutes. Serve immediately. However, you
can count on the rice staying hot for 45 minutes and warm for 2 hours.
To reheat leftover rice, either use a double boiler or warm the rice in a
skillet with unsalted butter.

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