Friday, January 21, 2011

Marguerite's Spicy Shrimp w/ Mushroom-Wine Sauce + Mardi Gras in New Orleans

Here's another Cajun delight that is sinfully delicious and so quick and easy for those busy days!  I was having a few friends over for dinner, last night, and this new twist on an old favorite seemed to be a perfect fit with with the lighter fare that I've been preparing and eating in the New Year. I normally make an Alfredo sauce with butter and heavy cream, to go with shrimp and pasta, but decided to lighten up the sauce and the results were fab! Cest bon, cher! Enjoy!

Marguerite's Spicy Shrimp w /Mushroom-Wine Sauce

1 1/2  lb.'s  large shrimp, peeled and deveined
Juice of 1 lemon
2 tbs.'s olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 bunch green onions, sliced
1  jalapeno, seeded and chopped
1/2 cup each, onions, bell peppers, and celery, chopped
1/2 cup fresh mushrooms, chopped
1/4 cup fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped
1/4 cup dry white wine
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1/2 soup can water
1 tbs. or more Cajun seasoning (recipe below)
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese (optional)

In large bowl, squeeze lemon juice on shrimp and season with Cajun seasoning. Toss to coat.

Saute garlic and green onions in olive oil in a large skillet for 5 minutes. Add the trinity, mushrooms, and jalapeno and saute for 5 more minutes, stirring occasionally. Add shrimp and fresh parsley and stir and cook for 5 more minutes. Add the cream of mushroom soup, water, and wine and mix well. Bring to a boil, lower heat, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes. Add the Parmesan cheese,  mix well and let stand for 5 minutes. Serve over pasta with a big tossed salad,  and garlic bread, for a delightful meal. And maybe a nice glass of wine! Bon appetit!

Cajun Seasoning Blend   
1 tbs. salt
2 tbs.'s onion powder
2 tbs.'s garlic powder
2 tbs.'s paprika
1 tbs. cayenne pepper
1 tbs. black pepper
1 tbs. celery flakes

1 tbs. dried thyme

Place all ingredients in food processor and pulse until well blended. Store in air tight container and pour into a shaker, and use as needed.

Mardi Gras in New Orleans

It's that time of year again!  Mardi Gras in the air, and you can just feel it! Parties, king cakes, balls, beads, decadent Cajun and Creole cuisine, and parades, all so much fun! Mardi Gras is celebrated all over Louisiana and the country and I will be sharing some of those celebrations with you!  Here's a little clip of last year's, Fat Tuesday in the Big Easy, the biggest Mardi Gras celebration of all! Let the good times roll, cher!

Wishing ya'll a fun and fantastic weekend! Merci beaucoup for stopping by!


Arlee Bird said...

It is that time again isn't it? I've yet to be in Louisiana during Mardi Gras season, but it looks like a wild time--maybe too wild for sedate me.
That pasta dish looks mighty tasty but even the lite version looks like it could have a lot of calories. Alright, I give! Pass me some.

Tossing It Out

Mary | Deep South Dish said...

Oh that's a good one! I know that I would certainly enjoy it.

Hope that you have a wonderful weekend!

Rosaria Williams said...

Mardi Gras already! Ahi! Now with that cajun spice recipe I can control my anxiety quite a bit when I spice up my repertoire. Great shrimp!

Joanne said...

Marguerite, We got 6 inches of fresh snowfall today ... So we're kind of snowed in. AND it's dinner time, so if you could just hook up a usb cable and send me a plate of that pasta dish, I'd be ever in your debt!

Eddie Bluelights said...

Hey I'm starving!! Your last menu was sold out and I haven't eaten for a week LOL! Gave my 92nd pint of blood today so I could do with some of your spicy shrimp with mushroom wine sauce. Bet you're looking forward to the Mardi Gras. I seem to remember in my youth listening to a singer called Pat Boone singing about that. Enjoyed the visit and the video ~ Eddie

Cloudia said...

Lightened-up is GoooOOOOD!

You are the Cajun Delight :)

Aloha from Honolulu
Comfort Spiral



Mehmet Osman Çağlar said...

Bonjoure dear Marguerite ; Once again I understand that, I should not have to visit your colorful blog when I'm hungry. I couldn't find what to say. As usual taking my littel pieces and run away to my country. Wishing you a wonderful weekend full of happiness, health and joy. Cheers!
Love and hugs, Zhivago

Linda Starr said...

I always wondered about the cajun blend spices, thanks for sharing that, no matter how soon or long after I've eaten I am always hungry again looking at your recipes and food photos, Ha. or should I say Cher

John said...

Nice to see shrimp back on the menu.

Talli Roland said...

Anything with wine in it is a big WIN for me! :)

Kat said...

That dish looks absolutely divine!! That video was crazy!

Drick said...

great dish, always like mushrooms in a creamy wine sauce with shrimp and your version sounds really good - parades do not start here until mid February but we sure have been active with balls already... Mardi Gras has started and there is no stopping - need great foods like this to keep us going...

Marguerite said...

Lee- Mardi Gras in N.O. is always wild! Lafayette's is more family oriented. That settles it, you're coming to the Lafayette Mardi Gras! lol The recipe is low-cal, I promise!

Mary- So nice to hear from you! Glad you like it and hope you give it a try. Thanks for stopping by, and I hope that yours is, too.

rosaria- Thanks, hope that you try the recipe and the seasoning blend. You can adjust the pepper to your taste. Have a great weekend, cher!

Joanne- My goodness, there seems to be no end to it! Thanks, you know that I would, if I could, but it's so easy to make and works well with chicken, if you don't have shrimp. Stay warm!

Eddie- You poor dear! lol By all means, take a double serving, since it's low-cal, and you're weak from giving blood! lol Yes, I'm getting psyched up for Mardi Gras! So glad you enjoyed it, cher!

Cloudia- Yeah, you're right about that! Merci beaucoup for the nice compliment, cher! Aloha!

Jo said...

Do you have a guest room? *heh* I'm coming over!

Quay Po Cooks said...

I love cajun food. This dish looks awesome! I can smell the spices! Wine sauce is the best.

kitchen flavours said...

Love the pasta. Bookmarking this and thank you for the Cajun Seasoning Blend, I will be making this. Have a lovely day.

Chef Dennis Littley said...

Hi Marguerite

that spicy shrimp looks positively delicious! Creamy, spicy shrimp over pasta it just doesn't get better than that! Thanks so much for the cajun seasoning recipe too!
Hope your weekend is going well

Marguerite said...

Jhivago- Merci beaucoup for your sweet comment and wishes, mon ami! My pleasure to make you hungry, cher! Hope your weekend is fab! Cheers!

Linda- You're welcome, it's easy to make your own. Thanks, I'll take that as a compliment! lol Glad to oblige, cher!

John- Thanks, glad you like it! Finally getting back to normal after the holidays! lol

Talli- Thanks, the wine gives it a delicious flavor, but mostly cooks out! lol Thanks for stopping by!

Kat- Merci for the nice compliment, cher! Glad you like it and hope you try it! Mardi Gras in N.O. IS WILD AND CRAZY, but lots of fun!

Jo- Great to hear from you! I do have a guest room, but my son is living in it, for now! But we'd love to have you over, anyway!

Shammickite said...

mmmm.... another recipe to save until the right occasion, looks and I bet it tastes DEEEEELISH!

Unknown said...

The Spicy Shrimp with Mushroom wine sauce looks very delicious i have never eaten it before, but i would like to soon. i know coffee from my keurig personal mini brewer would make it much tastier though.


Kathryn Magendie said...

Mardi Gras! Oh, I'm going to get GMR to either make a King's Cake or I'll order one - with cream cheese! whoop whoop!

The shimp/pasta dish looks soooooo good.

Pat Tillett said...

Yum! I always seem to hit your blog when I'm hungry! Many times I leave with a recipe!

Mary Bergfeld said...

This looks wonderful and would be a great addition to anyone's table. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Pooch Purple Reign said...

that looks like a great party. wish i was there
~laura xx

Marguerite said...

Quay Po- Hi and welcome! If you love Cajun food, then you're in the right place! Thanks so much for your lovely comment and for stopping by!

kf- So good to hear from you! Thanks, it's fab and I'm so glad you like it. You're very welcome! Enjoy!

Dennis- Merci beaucoup for the sweet compliments, cher! You're so welcome! It's a good basic blend and can be adjusted to your taste.

Shammickite- It's great to hear from you and I'm so glad that you stopped by! Thanks, it is divine and good on any occasion!

Penny- Hi and welcome! Thanks for your nice comment and for stopping by!

Kathryn- Oh yeah, you've got to have a King Cake! They are everywhere, here! Tis the season! Merci, cher, it is sinfully good! lol

Magic of Spice said...

Spicy, shrimp, mushroom and Marguerite all in the same sentence... irresistible! This is my kind of pasta dish :) I wish I could actually attend Mardi Gras, but I know I will catch all the love
here :)

Vagabonde said...

Shrimp, pasta and a great sauce with mushroom and wine – food to tempt any palate! Another winning recipe Marguerite.

Kittie Howard said...

OMG! We were just there! Can you see my heart on the corner? Gotta go back!

Love this recipe...having it's snowing, again, and good comfort food's in order! Thanks!!

Candace said...

I just popped over from Miz Helen's and my husband happened to be watching. He said, "That looks good!". He's right. It looks delicious and reminds me of home. I just moved to NH from Louisiana. Thanks for sharing this wonderful lightened up recipe. I'm happy to find your blog and will be following along. Have a great evening, Candace

Miz Helen said...

Bonjour Marguerite,
I am so excited that you are going to take us along to Mardi Gras...Wa Hoo! Your spicy Shrimp with Mushroom Wine Sauce is a really good start, it looks so delicious. Thank you so much for bringing this great dish to Full Plate Thursday and I can't wait for you to come back next week!