Creole Seafood Court-Bouillon

1 1/2 quarts, 6 servings
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onions
  • 1 cup chopped green bell peppers
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup dry sherry
  • 5 cups fish stock or shrimp stock
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) diced tomatoes and their juices
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 3 trout fillets (6 ounces each), cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 24 medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 36 freshly shucked oysters (about 2 pints), drained
  • 1 tablespoon Essence, recipe follows
  • 3 cups hot long-grain white rice, accompaniment
  • Essence (Emeril's Creole Seasoning):
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried leaf oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • In a Dutch oven or large heavy pot, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the flour, reduce the heat to medium, and cook, stirring constantly with a large wooden spoon, to make a thick roux almost the color of milk chocolate, 15 to 20 minutes.

  • Add the onions, bell peppers, and celery, and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the garlic and bay leaves, and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds.

  • Place the tomato paste in a small bowl and whisk in the sherry to blend. Add to the pot, and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add the stock, and whisk to blend. Add the tomatoes and their juices, the sugar, salt, black pepper, and red pepper, and cook, stirring, occasionally, for 20 to 25 minutes.

  • Add 2 cups of the court-bouillon and bring to a simmer. Season the trout, shrimp, and oysters with Essence. Add the shrimp and trout and cook for 3 minutes. Add the oysters and cook until the oysters curl, 1 to 2 minutes. Divide equally between 2 large soup bowls, and repeat with the remaining ingredients in 2 batches. Spoon 1/2 cup of rice into the center of each bowl and serve immediately.

Essence (Emeril's Creole Seasoning):
  • Combine all ingredients thoroughly and store in an airtight jar or container.

  • Yield: about 2/3 cup

  • Recipe from "New New Orleans Cooking", by Emeril Lagasse and Jessie Tirsch. Published by William and Morrow, 1993.

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