Thursday, July 05, 2007

CAJUN SHRIMP AND EGGPLANT BEIGNETS RECIPE

CAJUN SHRIMP AND EGGPLANT BEIGNETS

Ingredients

1 medium eggplant, peeled and chopped
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 cup onions
1/2 pound small shrimp, peeled and deveined
3 eggs, beaten
1-1/2 cups milk
2 teaspoons baking powder
3-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
4 cups solid vegetable shortening
All purpose Cajun/ Creole Seasoning


Season the eggplant with 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and 1/4 teaspoon of the cayenne. Heat the two tablespoons of vegetable oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté the eggplant until slightly soft, about two to three minutes. Add the onions and sauté for about three minutes. Add the shrimp and sauté until the shrimp turn pink. Remove and set aside to cool. Combine the eggs, milk, baking powder, and the remaining one teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon cayenne in a mixing bowl. Add the flour, 1/4 cup at a time, beating until the batter is smooth. Add the eggplant and shrimp mixture and fold to mix. Heat the shortening in a deep pot or deep fryer to 360º F. Drop the batter, a heaping tablespoon at a time, into the hot oil. When the beignets pop to the surface, roll them around in the oil to brown them evenly. Drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with the seasoning mix and serve immediately. Makes about 2 dozen.

CAJUN SHRIMP AND EGGPLANT BEIGNETS RECIPE Source; The Cajun Grocer

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