One of our favorite Philadelphia activities is wandering the Reading Terminal Market. The Dutch Eating Place is one of my top two favorite breakfast places anywhere. Even though we were there on a Sunday (thus no Amish b-fast), it was still fun to walk around. S. likes to browse the fish stands to look at fish heads and all the huge shrimp. This time we actually bought some (shrimp, not fish heads) and transported them home packed in ice from the hotel. Even though there were others that were larger, only one stand’s variety was from North America, so at least our choice was easy.
They were awesome! S. did all the work; deveining (big shrimp = big veins… yuck!), de-footing (?), basting with BBQ sauce, and broiling. There’s no recipe- that’s pretty much it. He left the shells on, but made sure to rub the sauce underneath. They marinated a bit, and then were popped under the broiler for about 2 minutes on each side. A spritz of lime juice finished the dish. I made a red beans and rice recipe from Epicurious, which I would do again. This really came together deliciously. Really great weeknight dinner.
* Calling shrimp “strimps” comes from one of my college roommates. It’s stuck for all these years!
** Also, I realize that I called these “cajun shrimp” on the menu… we were considering a different prep, but ended up going with the BBQ sauce, instead. We also had the Arrosoir rose, which was slated (heh) for Wed night. Crazy!!