Jun 1, 2011

Something's Fishy at IHCC

It's seafood week at I Heart Cooking Clubs.  A food genre that's close to my heart.  I love seafood not just for eating, but for catching too.  Some of my best memories involve...

Crabbing at Adams' Family Park (Yes it was really called that.  (Do do-do-do.  Snap. Snap.).  The bayou was full of water lilies and to this day when I catch that scent, I think of crabbing.  Weird association--crabs and water lilies, but there ya go!

Gigging for flounder around Grand Isle.  Here's my story on that.

Crawfishing in the Bonnet Carré Spillway.  During one trip, my dad yelled for me to look out.  I turned to see a large cottonmouth "following" me.  Yikes.

Fishing in Lafitte, catching perch "big as ya hand."
Of course it all depends on the size of your hand!
(This is not Lafitte; it's a stocked pond--about 3 years ago)

And shrimping.  Wherever we could.

Shrimping was always exciting because of all the exotic things that are pulled up in the net.  Sometimes I think I was more happy with the oddball stuff, like pufferfish, than the shrimp!  My dad took us shrimping often--which was both good and bad.  I loved being out there, anticipating what I'd find in the nets.  Loved sorting through the catch.  But sitting out on the patio surrounded by heat and swarms of mosquitoes until late at night peeling and packaging the shrimp was not too fun.  Just so you know.

But sometimes you have to suffer for greatness.  Like mom's beer-battered shrimp.

For this week's fish/seafood theme, I decided to go with shrimp.

Visit IHCC to find out what other seafood dishes are being made this week.
Jamie's Jacket Potato w/ Shrimp and Marie Rose Sauce

This recipe is from Jamie's Dinners: The Essential Family Cookbook, which also includes several other potato topping ideas.  The recipe I went with can also be found at JamieOliver.com.

* My watercress shriveled up and died back in April, so I used parsley and chives for the green.
* Ever since Kim @
Stirring the Pot made Marie Rose sauce, I've been thinking about it.  I'm a gravy-saucy-condimenty kinda girl.  And the fact that this version has booze in it...well, couldn't resist that.  You can be sure that more than 1 tsp of brandy went into it. And me. Just sayin'.
* Plain cooked shrimp aren't exactly my thing.  I did a quick pseudo-blackening job (read: half-assed) on these before tossing them in the sauce.

This was definitely different from how we usually eat baked potatoes.  But it was a nice change.  Everyone liked these and wouldn't complain about having them again.

Also linking up with Cookbook Sundays @ Mom's Sunday Cafe

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Jacket Potato w/ Shrimp & Marie Rose Sauce

slightly adapted from Jamie Oliver's Jamie's Dinners: The Essential Family Cookbook

4 baked potatoes dressed with butter
4 handfuls cooked shrimp (I blackened them)
handful of cress, parsley, and/or chives

for the Marie Rose sauce:
2 heaping Tbsp mayonnaise
1 heaping Tbsp ketchup
1 tsp brandy (I used more, glug, glug)
a splash of Worcestershire sauce
cayenne, salt, and pepper to taste
1 lemon

Combine the sauce ingredients, adding as much lemon juice as you'd like.  Dress the shrimp with the sauce.  Spoon into baked potatoes.  Sprinkle with cress, parsley, and/or chives.


  1. Now that is a jacket potato that I can get behind! I think I may even prefer this version to the regular old bacon and cheese potato:) Did you like the marie rose sauce? Kinda reminds me of Thousand Island in a way, but different. I liked it though and will probably make it again.

    P.S. I'm afraid I would totally freak out if a saw a cottonmouth. I don't have much love for snakes.

  2. I have never seen a potato stuffed with SHRIMP! Crazy! And shrimping sounds like so much fun!

  3. They do look good! I love seafood too, but don't have the great memories you do--unless you count stopping by the fish market. LOL
    oh..I've never read a James Burke book, that is my first and his first in that series. I'm excited to start it.

  4. I think this is a great way to eat baked potatoes which I find rather boring. We would definitely love these!

  5. Wow, this jacket potatoes are looking so amazingly scrumptious!

  6. What an elegant baked potato! I'm loving the ingredients in that Marie Rose sauce and have written the recipe down. I can see why it stayed on your mind.

  7. This sounds like fun.. I love baked potatoes.. would love to try them..

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  8. That is one very happy little boy and I imagine anyone who had your stuffed potato would wear a smile as big as his. They look wonderful. I am relatively new to your blog and while I don't often post, I wanted you to know that I'm here. I really like the food and recipes you share with your readers and I always enjoy the time I spend here. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  9. Potatoes and shrimp - brillant! I love that photo of the little fisherman!

  10. What a great looking jacket potato dish!

  11. I loved the jacket potato variations in his cookbooks and your post has just inspired me to make this recipe very soon! And I love shrimp...love shrimp,so that was a no-brainer for me. Thanks Michelle.

  12. He looks very happy with his catch, great shot! I have to check out the variations, I'm allergic to shellfish but I know what I'm missing, it looks fantastic.

  13. Wow! Great recipe and love the post! Have a great weekend :-)

  14. Yum! I like everything about this--what a fun take on a regular baked potato. Great pick! ;-)

  15. That's a delicious looking Jacket Potato. The sauce sounds really good.
    I can tell that this would definitely be a hit in my house. We are all nuts about potatoes! Great pick!

  16. I'm not usually a shrimp person but I am a jacket potato girl and these look great. I love how Jamie makes simple things look really tempting.

  17. Those look wonderful! I think if I made them for Charles he would marry me all over again. ;-)

  18. I am a shrimp-o-holic and I know that I would LOVE these! Yum! And that sauce sounds fabulous! I have some awards for you on my blog!

  19. Those potatoes look delicious! Cookbook Sunday is now open, come and join the fun, and thanks!

  20. Thank you for linking up, those potatoes are not only beautiful but that sauce sounds wonderful.

  21. Awesome - I never would have thought of stuffing baked potatoes with blackened shrimps, but it sounds like a real winner - I'm definitely going to try this, and I love the sound of this sauce too - anything that has a bit of brandy in can't possibly be bad!
    Sue xo


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