Isaac Toups, chef of New Orleans's Toups' Meatery and, most recently, Toups South, does not mess around. The menu at his new restaurant offers a whole slew of labor-intensive items like house-made sausages, foie gras terrines and pork rinds that are as complex as they are flavorful. Luckily, he's shared a home-cook friendly shrimp recipe with us that's going to kick your dinner game into high gear.
The shrimp gets coated in a fiery and aromatic spice rub composed of toasted ground fennel, black pepper and Aleppo chile flakes. Shallots and blistered tomatoes add a touch acid, but the heat doesn't stop there: Toups flambées the shrimp in absinthe before finishing them off with a splash of seafood stock and cubes of butter. It's easier than it sounds, (watch the video) but still wildly impressive.
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Drunken ShrimpRecipe adapted from chef Isaac Toups, Toups South and Toups' Meatery, New Orleans, LA
Yield: 3 to 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes