… from the California Kitchen
How you doin”? Are you an Oyster lover? Then this post is for you!
Felix’s is the story of the New Orleans Oyster Bar. Ask any New Orleanian where their kin folk went for oysters and raw bar specialties, and they’ll tell you that they went to Felix’s then and they still go now.
Back in the 1940s, Felix’s put New Orleans Oyster Bar-style food on the map, creating a place where oyster-lovers could ‘belly up to the bar’ and have the freshest oysters shucked right in front of them. Felix’s fast became a New Orleans institution that drew a devoted local following and inspired generations of oyster fans.
Just on the edge of French Quarter (Bourbon and Iberville Streets), Felix’s remains one of my favorite restaurants. Personally, I am not a big oyster fancier, but I do love shrimp and crawfish which runs a plenty at Felix’s. I can eat pounds of their Spicy Peel & Eat Shrimp—tender shrimp coated in peppery Old Bay spice, poached in butter, and finished in beer. Peel & Eat Shrimp is comforting, nostalgic finger food at its most satisfying. It is especially messy when peeled and eaten while they’re still warm and a bit slippery.
You can easily make Peel & Eat Shrimp at home in just minutes. It’s perfect for a late afternoon happy hour on the patio or a lighter dinner with the whole family. It’s also great for those New Year’s Day football games. If you want to add to it, think about a green salad, some grilled corn, and a baguette to sop up all that delicious buttery beer broth.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Yield: 4 to 6 servings:
2 pounds shrimp, split and deveined (frozen or fresh)
2-1/2 tablespoons Old Bay Seasoning
1 tablespoon olive oil
3/4 cup lager-style beer (or chardonnay)
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup water
Salt and pepper to taste
Garnish with lemon wedges, for serving
ChefSecret: Serve the Spicy Peel & Eat Shrimp with a big stack of napkins and a lighter-style beer. I suggest a lager with light, citrusy notes to complement the zesty shrimp.
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