I hate sandwiches.
Growing up, I called them "barfwiches."
All white bread and gummy in my lunchbox.
Note: I grew up in the 80s. Sometimes things were totally rad. But mostly everything either gagged you with a spoon or made you barf.
Po'Boys are not sandwiches.
And they are one of my favorite foods.
Totally rad. Dude.
Something else I have to tell you is that at one time I was anti blackened anything. It was a fad. A silly thing to keep alive the incorrect belief that Cajun food = super spicy food.
Yet here I am with Blackened Sweet Potato Fries and Blackened Shrimp Po'Boys (not sandwiches).
Blackened Shrimp Po'Boys
1 lb peeled shrimp
juice of 1/2 lemon
1- 1 1/2 tsp blackening seasoning (see below)
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 large loaf French bread
mayo or blackened mayo (see below)
Toss shrimp with lemon juice and blackening seasoning in a bowl. Let sit for about 20 minutes. Slice the French bread into 2 large po'boys or 4 small ones. Toast the bread if desired. Have the bread, lettuce, tomato, and mayo ready for when the shrimp are finished.
Heat vegetable oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Add the shrimp and saute until shrimp are cooked through.
Spread mayo or blackened mayo on the bottom of the po'boy bread. Divide the shrimp between the po'boys, along with the lettuce and tomato. Serve right away.
1 Tbsp paprika
1/2 Tbsp salt
1 Tbsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp onion powder
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp dried oregano
Combine all spices. Store in an airtight container. Makes about 1/3 cup.
use on blackened shrimp or fish po'boys or as a dip for french fries or sweet potato fries
1 cup mayo (I use Blue Plate)
4 tsp blackening seasoning
Mix together in a small bowl. Cover and refrigerate for about an hour before using.
Blackened Sweet Potato Fries
3 large sweet potatoes
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 - 1 1/2 Tbsp blackening seasoning
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Give the potatoes a head start by pricking with a fork and cooking in a microwave for 7-8 minutes.
Peel the sweet potatoes and cut into fries. Toss with oil. Sprinkle on seasoning and toss again. Place in one layer on a baking pan. Bake for 30-40 minutes, turning once, until done.
Serve with Blackened Mayo if desired.