Yield: 4 servings
|2 teaspoons||Cayenne pepper|
|1 teaspoon||White pepper|
|¼ cup||Chopped onoins|
|¼ cup||Chopped celery|
|¼ cup||Chopped green peppers|
|7 tablespoons||Vegetable oil|
|¾ cup||All-purpose flour|
|1 teaspoon||Black pepper|
|1 teaspoon||Dried basil leaves|
|½ teaspoon||Dried thyme leaves|
|3 cups||Seafood stock|
|2 pounds||Shrimp or crawfish|
|1 cup||Finely chopped green onion|
|4 cups||Cooked rice|
Throughly combine the seasoning mix ingredients in a small bowl and set aside. In a separate bowl combine the onions, celery, and bell peppers.
In a large skillet (preferably cast iron), heat the oil over high heat until it begins to smoke, about 4 minutes. With a long handled whisk, gradually mix in the flour , stirring until smooth. Continue cooking, whisking constantly, until roux is dark brown, about 3-5 minutes.
Remove from heat and immediately stir in the vegetables and 1 T of the seasoning mix with a wooden spoon; continue stirring until cooled, about 5 minutes.
In a 2-qt. saucepan bring 2 cups of the stock to a boil over high heat. Gradually add the roux and whisk until thoroughly dissolved.
Reduce heat to low and cook until flour taste is gone, about 2 minutes, whisking almost constantly. Remove from heat and set aside. In a 4-qt. saucepan melt 1 stick of butter over medium heat. Stir in shrimp and the green onions;saute 1 minute, stirring almost constantly.
Add the remaining stick of butter, the stock mixture and the remaining 1 cup stock; cook until butter melts and is mixed into the sauce, about 4-6 minutes, constantly shaking the pan in a back and forth motion.
Add the remianing seasoning mix, stir well and remove from heat ( if sauce starts to separate, add about 2 T more of stick or water and shake pan until it combines) .Serve immediately.