Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Fried Shrimp © 1947

Allow about half a pound of raw shrimp for each serving. Drop the whole shrimp in boiling salted water and simmer about twenty minutes. Drain in a colander: then place in cold water to cool. Remove the shell carefully and with a sharp pointed knife take out the black line that runs the length of the body. Dry thoroughly with paper towels; then place on a large piece of heavy waxed paper. Sprinkle the shrimp with five or six drops of evaporated milk or top cream — even this little bit goes a long way for a pound. Work the shrimp around with your fingers so that each has a very light coating.

Pour on several tablespoons of meal and shift around so it will cover the shrimp completely. Drop into a large skillet of hot vegetable shortening and cook to a delicate brown on both sides, turning as little as possible. Serve with tartar sauce, French frys, lettuce-tomato salad and rye bread.

The Groom Boils and Stews: A Man's Cook Book for Men


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