If I ever have the opportunity to go to New Orleans I want to make it count! After all it might be the only time I make it there. Mardi Gras parades start at the beginning of January and actual Mardi Gras day(February 25th) is the last day of carnival season. The extended weekend before Mardi Gras Day is the most popular time to visit New Orleans.
With Mardi Gras Day coming up I thought it would be proper to tempt you with something native to New Orleans. I made a "dressed" shrimp po'boy.
A "dressed" shrimp po'boy
Origin of the po'boy.
The sandwich was invented by Clovis and Benjamin Martin, brothers and former streetcar drivers who opened a restaurant in the 1920's. When streetcar drivers went on strike in 1929, the brothers took up the cause and created an inexpensive sandwich of gravy and spare bits of roast beef on French bread. They would serve unemployed workers out of the rear of their restaurant. When a worker came to get one, the cry would go up in the kitchen that "here comes another poor boy!" and so that is how the po'boy came to be.
A "dressed" po'boy contains mayo, lettuce, tomato, pickle and Louisiana hot sauce, at least for seafood versions.
So this was my attempt at a "dressed" shrimp po'boy. Let me tell you what, this was awesome! All the flavors complimented each other. The smell of the fresh bread, crunchy shrimp, coolness of the lettuce and tomato, the zing of the sweet and spicy pickles. Oh yes, I definitely would make this again.
Anyways if you find yourself down in Louisiana, make sure to try you a po'boy!