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Recipe: Lighter Southern Shrimp Po’ Boy Sandwiches
[Ad] My first every Southern-style Po’ Boy Sandwich was a deep disappointment. It was the first one I’d come across on the menu after I’d seen Anthony Bourdain wax lyrical about them on No Reservations. I was brunching at The Commissary, just having checked into The Line hotel in Los Angeles, and the sandwich I was served, traditionally stuffed with a mountain of deep fried shrimp, special sauce and shredded lettuce, with a kosher pickle on the side. God it was greasy, and I sat there for a while, wondering if the sandwich has simply been over hyped. After all, I was ordering ‘American’ food from somewhere other than California, where I had years since fell in love with the fresh, bright and healthy, Asian/ Mexican fusion, produce heavy diet.
But later on, I did some research into what constitutes a po’ boy sandwich. Served on a baguette like, local Louisina bread it can contain any meat, from roast beef to shrimp, and the shrimp/ prawns don’t have to be fried. The sandwich also traditionally contains a combo of Romaine lettuce, tomato slices and mayonnaise. Pickles and melted butter also usually appear in the deep fried versions. None of this sounds bad. I came to the conclusion that a) I probably had a bad one, and b) that I could probably make a delicious, lighter version.
I tried making the sandwich with baguette bread, but I found that the bread we get here is just too crisp and the sandwich just falls apart, so I’ve switched it out for seeded sub rolls. Baby gem lettuce is easier to get in British supermarkets so that is what I’ve used here (but feel free to use either, thinly shredded), and I’ve gone for Japanese Kewpie mayo, as it has become my default and is super delicious here. The tomatoes have stayed, and while my shrimp are not deep fried, I love kosher/ hamburger pickles too much not to include a few, long slices. The measurements below will make one sandwich. Scale up for however many people you’re serving, and be sure to have plenty of napkins on hand!
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