HONKY TONK BAR FOOD
"Down in Honky Tonk Town, its underneath the ground, where all the fun is found... "
Just wait and see, down-home cooking will trend high and it has been all the rage lately. Southern cuisine is the new "food darling" of chefs, restaurateurs, critics and diners. Southern food is hot, and chefs in NYC are bringing customers in droves with dishes such as pulled pork, delicious slaws, BBQ wings and shrimp etoufee!
1 Onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
1 green pepper, finely chopped
1 red pepper, finely chopped
2 sticks celery, finely chopped
1 liter fish stock
1 small bay leaf
15ml Cajun spice
1 tin of tomatoes, chopped
45ml demerara sugar
Tabasco sauce, to taste
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
Maldon salt and Cracked Black Pepper
1 kg shrimp (prawns), peeled and deveined
20g chopped parsley
In a medium pot, melt 25g of the butter and sweat the onion and garlic. When soft add the peppers and celery and fry to get some colour.
Add the remaining 50g of butter and allow to melt. Add the flour to make a roux and cook for 1 min. Remove the pot from the heat and slowly mix in the stock.
Place back on stove and stir continuously until sauce boils and starts to thicken. Add the tomatoes, spices, bay leaf and tabasco.
Allow to simmer for 20mins until tomatoes have cooked, season, and add the lemon juice/zest, tobasco and sugar. Then add the shrimp and cook for a further 5 minutes, season to taste. Add chopped parsley and serve piping hot.
Stylist: Lisa Clark | Photographer: Warren Heath