In case you didn’t know, this is a big week down south in Louisiana. It’s Mardi Gras season and March 5th was Fat Tuesday. Mardi Gras is a time of feast and celebration before the season of Lent where fasting and other religious obligations take place. In New Orleans right now, you would certainly be seeing a carnival and extravagant festivities.

 I have never been to Mardi Gras before, and in fact my first time to Louisiana will be this summer when I attend for my friend’s bachelorette party, but I love the spirit of friends getting together, having fun and celebrating tradition. I also love seafood, and I came across a Louisiana traditional shrimp recipe and I thought what better week to share that with you than during Mardi Gras.

New Orleand Spicy Shrimp

Ingredients: 3 medium lemons sliced, 2/3 cup of butter cubed, ½ cup of ketchup, ¼ cup of Worcestershire sauce, 2 tablespoons of seafood seasoning, 2 tablespoons of chili garlic sauce, 2 tablespoons of hot sauce, 1 tablespoon of Italian salad dressing mix, 4 pounds of uncooked, shell-on shrimp, 2 bay leaves

Instructions: Begin by preheating the oven to 350 degrees and setting two 13 by 9 baking dishes to the side. In a glass bowl combine lemons, butter, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, seafood seasoning, chili garlic sauce, hot sauce, and Italian salad dressing mix. Microwave the ingredients approximately two minutes or until butter is melted and stir until blended. Divide the shrimp and bay leaves between the two ungreased baking sheets. Add half the butter mixture to each baking sheet and toss to fully coat each shrimp. Bake, uncovered, for 20-25 minutes or until shrimp turn pink, stir halfway through baking time. Serve this with toasted French bread for a real New Orleans treat, happy Mardi Gras!

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