Roux the Day

Much in the vein of the cliché that prompts us to turn lemons into lemonade, I say that when a day feels ruined, just make roux.

But don’t stop there!

The process is much simpler than a word with a silent ‘x’ would indicate. Plus, once this process is mastered it opens the door to a host of different luscious dishes and abundant soups that never fail to bring comfort.

This Creole-inspired version of a classic is a great example!

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Shrimp Etou-Faux

1 Lb. Raw Shrimp, Peeled & Deveined
1 Yellow Bell Pepper, Diced
¼ Large Red Onion, Diced
2-3 Garlic Cloves, Minced
1 Tbs. Coconut Oil
5 Tbs. Butter
¼ Cup + 2 Tbs. AP Flour
1 Cup Frozen Peas
2 Cups Vegetable Stock (Or whatever favored stock or broth is available)
1 Can Diced Tomatoes, 14.5 oz. Drained (Low Sodium if possible)
Generous Handful of Fresh Spinach
½ Tsp. Cumin
½ Tsp. Smoked Paprika
½ Tsp. Cayenne Pepper
1 Tsp. Black Pepper + More to taste
2 Tsp. Salt + More to taste
2 Dried Bay Leaves
1 Tiny Pinch of Saffron (If you have it and are feeling fancy)

  • In a large pot (I used a cast iron Dutch oven) heat 1 tbs. of coconut oil on just below high heat
  • Toss in the bell pepper pieces and give them a few turns in the pan before adding the red onion
  • Cook for a few minutes til a tinge of gold starts forming on the edges, then add the garlic and cook for an additional minute or two
  • Remove from the pan
  • Lower the temperature to just above medium heat and add 5 Tbs. of butter
  • Allow to melt and bubble slightly
  • Slowly sift in the flour whisking constantly
  • Once all of the flour is incorporated, lower the heat slightly again and continue to stir and monitor the roux for a few minutes
  • Add the peppers and onions back to the pot and coat in the roux
  • Stir in the drained diced tomatoes
  • Add the salt, pepper, paprika, cumin, cayenne pepper, and bay leaves
  • Swirl in the vegetable broth
  • If applicable, add the tiny pinch of saffron
  • Cover and on medium-low heat allow to simmer for at least 30 minutes – if longer, stir at intervals and lower the heat to low
  • This is a great time to start the rice as well (recipe below)
  • Add the peas (they can still be frozen or thawed) and the spinach – if the heat is on low, raise it back up to medium as the addition of these ingredients will lower the temperature
  • When the spinach is wilted, stir in the shrimp and cover the lid
  • It should only be a couple more minutes til the shrimp are cooked and it is time to eat!
  • Ladle a generous portion atop a mound of rice in a bowl or plate ( I prefer a bowl-plate hybrid personally) and enjoy

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Beautiful Basmati Rice

1 Cup Basmati Rice
1 ½ Cups Water
½ Tsp. Salt
1 Tbs. Butter

  • In a medium pot that has a reliable lid, combine the rice, water, salt, and butter
  • Cover the ingredients and bring to a boil at medium-high heat
  • Reduce the heat to medium-low and set the timer for 18 minutes
  • When the timer goes off, turn off the rice and remove the pot from the heat
  • Allow to rest for a few minutes, then fluff with a fork
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One Comment Add yours

  1. copychrisseo says:

    I ate this!

    Liked by 1 person

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