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Old 09-25-2004, 09:29 PM   #1
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Need your all's opinion on something...

I'm thinking of making my other half, Laurie, a happy person by bringing home a 2# bag of shrimp from work. The question is, do I bring home a bag of the 16/20 count, or a bag of the 40/50 count. The 16/20's are a good size for blackening, butterflying/breading/frying, and for cocktail. However, the 40/50's are a great size for using in Seafood Gumbo File, Shrimp Fricassee, Shrimp Creole, etc. I'm leaning towards the Seafood Gumbo File, as I also have some crab in my freezer that needs to be used. Would any of you have any other suggestions, or which one would you prefer?

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Old 09-25-2004, 09:32 PM   #2
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i tend to prefer smaller food in general, seeing as to how it is sweeter and more tender in general, but i would say go with the big shrimp in this case. that is one case in which bigger really IS better.
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that is hard to answer. that all depends on what your other half likes better.. either is a great idea... gumbo is good this time of year.. great hearty meal... serve with some good crusty bread and a nice salad.
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ahh, and I forgot... don't forget the chablis or the chardonnay... if you both like wine.. sounds like a really romantic meal!
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Old 09-25-2004, 10:49 PM   #5
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Thanks for the replies.

She actually loves ANY kind of shrimp. But, she's very partial to my Seafood Gumbo (garlic bread! But, no wine, she doesn't drink it). However, she's been really excited lately whenever I bring home a styro container from work. She'll start saying, "Is that what I think it is? IS THAT WHAT I THINK IT IS?!?!" Then, she'll open it to see if there's some blackened shrimp in it.

I'm leaning towards the 40/50's myself, since I would use up some of the crab in my freezer (create some more, much needed, storage space), as well as the fact the the smaller shrimp is cheaper.
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Am I too late? In this, as in many things...bigger is better!
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You're never to late, Alix. It'll probably be next week before I make it, Thursday at the earliest.
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Thanks for the replies.

She actually loves ANY kind of shrimp. But, she's very partial to my Seafood Gumbo (garlic bread! But, no wine, she doesn't drink it). However, she's been really excited lately whenever I bring home a styro container from work. She'll start saying, "Is that what I think it is? IS THAT WHAT I THINK IT IS?!?!" Then, she'll open it to see if there's some blackened shrimp in it.

I'm leaning towards the 40/50's myself, since I would use up some of the crab in my freezer (create some more, much needed, storage space), as well as the fact the the smaller shrimp is cheaper.
Hi AMI

My two cents re. shrimp size and soup. More than a spoonful is a waste!

Funny you bring up Gumbo. I plan on making some this weekend and I could use some input. Care to post your Recipe?

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Old 09-26-2004, 01:19 PM   #9
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not gumbo weather yet, the ducks arn't here, too hot.
I'd go w/ the bigger ones, better fried, better boiled. good stuffed. while you're stuffing, you could use some of that crab meat and kill 2 birds....

about a gumbo recipe, you know how they all start...first you make a roux.
then you have to have 1 cup of each of the trinity, plus some green onions for next to last. File is optional, but pretty much used here, though it's fine without it, that's after the fire is off. between the file and the trinity all you need is stock and whatever you're making it with. use chicken broth for chicken/sausage gumbo, I use knorr's fish buillion cubes in my seafood gumbo, adds a layer of flavor. Can't wait for some cold weather!
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Old 09-26-2004, 02:51 PM   #10
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I always prefer the bigger shrimp. The larger they are, the more I like em.
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