C and I love seafood. Living in Maine, we’re spoiled because we can get it a lot and it usually is pretty decent. We don’t have it that often but we spoiled ourselves and had seafood two times this week! C made a delicious glazed salmon that is quickly becoming my favorite meal that he makes (it used to be an apple and fennel stuffed pork tenderloin) on Wednesday and last night I cooked (I usually cook on Fridays but since we’re going out of town tonight for the weekend, I cooked last night). I wanted something quick and easy because I knew I wouldn’t be starting dinner until after 6 as I was working until 5 and it would take me 30 minutes to get back into town AND I needed to go to the grocery store.
Last night’s dinner was shrimp po’ boys. I’ve made it before and liked the recipe (thank you Pinterest and my board of recipes I would make again) and remembered it being pretty quick and easy to make. I used chipotle mustard instead of creole mustard as Kevin, the blog writer suggests, but I don’t think it made that much of a difference. I didn’t quite use the amount that he suggested because well, C didn’t have enough in the bottle and I didn’t realize that. Oops. I just increased the spice level and I think it came out just fine. I do remember it being slightly more spicy when I made it the first time because I did use the correct amount of chipotle mustard (or slightly more…C and I both like spice, him more than me). Thinking about it now, I probably could have also added sriracha or garlic chili sauce. Yeah, they’re Asian, but they’re still good and pack a good punch. The garlic chili sauce is slightly more spicy than the sriracha. C’s best friend put it in a batch of jalapeno pesto that C made for wings (modeled it after a sauce from one of our favorite restaurants in Portland, Binga’s Stadium). C didn’t think it was quite hot enough so his best friend ended up putting the chili garlic sauce in it and used it as a pasta salad. Holy cow.
Sriracha is also great. You know a great place to buy sriracha? Asian markets. It’s cheap there! C and I are lucky enough to have quite a few around both of our apartments. It’s always interesting to go in there and see what stuff they have for sale. One sells bugs – to eat. I certainly wouldn’t try eating bugs but I think it is great that there are so many Asian markets in Portland because we do have a very high immigrant population here.
The po’ boys though? They’re good. Simple weeknight meal but it still feels special because it’s seafood.