Now it’s too hot outside for cooking up gumbo or creole. If y’all want that I’ll dish it up later when it cools down. But in this heat, I don't know of anything better than some boiled shrimp dipped in a fresh homemade Remaloude Sauce. That’s good eatin’ there, Cher! At my house, it’s good for more than dipping shrimp in or drizzling over a Po Boy sandwich. Heck it’s good on a salad, french fries, fried green tomatoes or even a fried egg sandwich!
I’ll tell you right now, Paul Prudhomme’s recipes are my favorite. I know, he gets pretty complicated on you. But if you cook like me….throw in a little of this and a little of that….you can use his recipes as a guideline, not the law. (Unless we’re talking his Strawberry Pie…then it’s by-the-book yum!) So as wonderful as his Remoulade recipe is (and I have made it to the letter, once, a long time ago), I tend to cheat and start out with a cup of store bought mayonnaise. Then I throw in all the other goodness and call it yum! It doesn’t have to be perfect. Add or take away as you like. Believe me! There’s as many variations on this recipe out there as there are Jon Boats in Louisiana! The bottom line is flavor. My daddy made it with mayo, ketchup, yellow mustard, horseradish, Worcestershire, and Tabasco and we called it good just like that!
2 egg yolks (delete if you use mayo)
1/4 cup vegetable oil (delete if you use mayo)
1/2 cup finely chopped celery
1/2 cup finely chopped green onions
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/4 cup prepared grated horseradish
1/4 lemon, seeded (I delete this)
1 bay leaf, crumbled (I delete this, too…it’s too crunchy)
2 tbsp. Creole mustard or brown mustard
2 tbsp. ketchup
2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp. prepared mustard
vinegar or lemon juice (add a touch extra if you delete the ¼ lemon above)
1 tbsp. Tabasco Sauce (I’m loyal)
1 tbsp. minced garlic
2 tsp. sweet paprika
1 tsp. salt
Mr. Prudhomme says, In a blender or food processor, beat the egg yolks 2 minutes. With the machine running, add the oil in a thin stream. One at a time, blend in the remaining ingredients until well mixed and lemon rind is finely chopped. Chill well. Makes 1 1/2 cups.