Thursday, April 16, 2015

Shrimp Salad Croissants


Shrimp salad croissants remind me of St. Augustine; old St. Augustine, the oldest continuously settled town in America. Why shrimp salad croissants? Well. A long, long time ago I can still remember when we drove to Jacksonville, Florida where Manservant had accepted his first real job, after completing his masters degree. It was 1981 which also was the year we got married. I remember the choices of jobs were slim at the time and it was either Jacksonville or International Falls, Minnesota. Not really much of a choice, huh? (With all due respect to International Falls. They did offer him a snowmobile as part of the deal!)

So we found ourselves leaving Fort Collins with all of our belongings including our beloved Honey dog. (She used to chase the alligators at the apartment complex where we lived). We arrived in Jacksonville and I remember the first smell that greeted us was the aroma of paper mills. Not a nice aroma, I dare say. Jacksonville was a new experience for us. Manservant grew up in Texas and so he was a bit used to Southern ways, but for me it was like being a fish out of water.

Well, we lasted about two years in Jacksonville and actually it turned out to be a pretty good place, Except for maybe the humidity, the bugs and the sweet tea! I never could get used to sweet tea! We quickly found a beautiful, new apartment where there was no smell of mildew and not a palmetto bug in sight. (Alright, in case you don't know a palmetto bug is a polite way of saying cockroach.) Our new apartment was sprayed monthly by the management which made me feel so cockroach free. Until it didn't. That was about the point when I started bugging (BUGGING!) Manservant to look for a new job. Avoiding palmetto bugs became an obsession with me. I was afraid to open cabinets, especially at night, for fear of what I might find. These guys fly! And they fly at you!



But back to shrimp. Shrimp salad. On flaky croissants. Not far from Jacksonville was the quaint little town of St. Augustine. We quickly discovered the back road to get  there and on weekends it was often our quick getaway! I always felt as if I were on a mini vacation, even if we had just spent a few hours walking the narrow cobblestone streets lined with tsotchke shops. (Tsotchke - a Yiddish word meaning trinkets or items of little value.) We discovered a little French cafe that served these shrimp salad croissants and I don't think we ever tried another restaurant.

Driving back, I think it was on Old Route 1, passing the alligator farm on the way, made me realize I wasn't in Colorado anymore. Yes, we did stop one time and if you've never been to an alligator farm it is a unique experience. There is even one in Colorado that we've toured. I also remember passing roadside stands with folks selling Vidalia onions from Georgia! I guess this was before they became popular!


So it is when I'm by myself, I often find my mind wandering. I found myself thinking of the beach and how long it has been since I've seen one. I found myself thinking of where I've been and where I've come from and well, one thought led to another until I found myself wanting a shrimp salad croissant. I didn't want a turkey sandwich. I didn't want shrimp salad stuffed in a tomato or an avocado. I wanted the soft, salty taste of shrimp salad with little bits of crunchy celery, stuffed into the confines of a giant flaky croissant. Trust me. This is the way to eat shrimp salad. I didn't want frou frou shrimp salad. I wanted to eat this with potato chips. I wanted to drink an icy beer. And I wanted to remember how far we've come from St. Augustine, Florida. It's been a journey!

Shrimp salad croissants would be perfect for  Mother's Day. They are easy to make and always seem a bit special. After all it isn't every day, I eat a croissant. And it isn't every day I find myself having shrimp for lunch. Tuna, yes. Shrimp, no. These are perfect for a picnic basket. I would take the shrimp salad in a container and just quickly make them up at your favorite destination!



Shrimp Salad Croissants
Serves 2-4
Time to Make - About 15 minutes

Ingredients:
1/4 c mayonnaise
1 t Dijon mustard
1/4 c finely chopped green onion
1/4 c chopped celery
1 chopped hard boiled egg (optional)
2 T minced Italian parsley
2 t fresh dill, minced
1 T lemon juice
1 1/2 t Old Bay seasoning
1 T drained capers

8 oz salad shrimp (if frozen, make sure they are well drained)

2 -4 croissants (depends on how packed you want these)
Mixed Greens or Arugula

Directions:
Combine mayonnaise and all other ingredients except shrimp, and mix well. Gently fold in shrimp. I love this at room temperature but you can chill it for a few days if necessary. Slice croissants and put shrimp salad directly on half of croissant. Top with some greens and other half of croissant.

More to Try:
Buttery Garlic Parmesan Potato Chips
Saigon Crunch Chex Mix
Hatch Chile and Pepedew Pimento Less Cheese
Egg Salad
Fudge Brownies with Cookie Dough Filling



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34 comments:

  1. Shrimp salad is so good; on croissants? Even better!

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    1. So good, isn't it? Croissants are so decadent!

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  2. Just the thought of palmetto bugs makes me cringe but the shrimp salad on a flaky croissant sounds wonderful! I just bought some wild caught Gulf shrimp today to make a shimp boil for our dinner tomorrow night and now I'm hoping there will be some left-overs to make shrimp salad!

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    1. I love shrimp boils. In Jacksonville they's lay paper on the table, pour out the shrimp and we would peel away! So much fun!

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  3. We used to vacation in St. Augustine when I was a young girl - we have so many photos of us at the old fort and the fountain of youth. We also loved the Marine Park - can't remember the name - but what fun days those were. I think we have crossed paths somewhere in our lives! Love this recipe - it is so classic and pretty! I bet it is really tasty :)

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    1. I think our paths definitely crossed! Thanks Tricia!

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  4. Y'all call them palmetto bugs and we call them water bugs. No matter what we call them, they are bigass roaches — and they can fly across the room! Your dish? Let's just say I'd fly across the room for it! Looks wonderful. By the way, I'm a Southerner who doesn't like sweet tea either. ;-)

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    1. Water bugs? We had those in Illinois and they weren't cockroaches! Oh Adam. You do surprise me!

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  5. We lived in Tampa for a bit over a decade. Had loads of palmetto bugs outside, but almost never inside. Unless one of our cats would bring one in to play with. Not fun, that! Anyway, shrimp salad and croissants? Fancy! And awfully good. Thanks.

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    1. You were very lucky, John! the minute we started packing boxes to come back, they literally came out of the woodwork!

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  6. This is my kind of lunch! Now if I could only get Bill to make me some shrimp salad for Mother's Day...never mind. He's a terrific guy, but I don't want him messing this one up! Fun memories (except for the palmetto bugs!).

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  7. my my my...now that's a SANDWICH! It looks heavenly, Abbe.

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  8. Oh gosh, memories of cockroaches, I have many growing up in Houston.That is just part of the charm of the south I guess, but thankfully so is shrimp. This salad sounds delicious Abbe..

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    1. One of Manservant's relatives from Houston gave us cockroach paste as a wedding present. No joke. I was terrified.

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    2. Cockroach paste? That sounds totally disgusting.

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  9. I love how your posts take me down memory lane-- I've spent many family spring breaks in St Augustine and in Jacksonville where my uncle lives. I've even been to that alligator farm! Can't you just picture sitting by the ocean enjoying your shrimp salad, sounds wonderful as long as you leave out the cockroaches! : )

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    1. So funny, Holly. St. Augustine is a place you never forget!

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  10. This looks fabulous Abbe, I look forward to making this sandwich soon. Now, let's talk about those bugs. The first time I was in Florida I was in Miami Hotel at a RE/MAX convention setting up our booth. There were union guys around making sure we were setting up properly and this huge bug crawled across the floor near us. I said in horror "what is THAT?" The Florida guy said "Palmetto bug". I looked at him and practically in tears screamed "it is not... it's a COCKROACH". What I thought was an event, he found unconcerning. And they can have they damn bugs and their sweet tea. I take mine straight. Nothing like a little rant,..ok..... now I feel better. :)

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    1. Yeah. They try to brush it off! Rant away! I love Colorado and no bugs!

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  11. Absolutely yes to that!! Fancy, easy and I bet delicious. I love shrimp , can eat everyday and who can say no to Croissants, right :)

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  12. OMG Abbe, this shrimp salad sounds and looks fabulous...and delicious in between croissant...what a beautiful meal!
    Have a great week :)

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    1. It is Juliana and so easy and quick to make!

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  13. now i know what to have for breakfast. awesome recipe. thanks a lot.

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    1. Breakfast? OK Cquek. I'd have it any time of day!

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  14. Now that is the best croissant sandwich I've seen in a long time. Love that shrimp salad!!

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  15. This looks so good! I am making it this weekend. My first time here I will be back!

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    1. Pretty good place, huh? Enjoy the shrimp salad croissant!

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  16. I cannot tell you, as a native Floridian, how funny your story about Florida is. And you didn't even get into any discussions about snakes, which Florida has in large numbers as well.

    A few decades ago the Orlando Sentinel ran a "Largest cockroach contest" and it was hilarious. You were supposed to mail in the actual roach. The winner was a palmetto bug from... Texas! it was over 2 inches long if I recall. The guy writing the update articles finally had to publish a request asking people to STOP sending live bugs.

    I've had my share of run-ins with palmetto bugs. Hate those buggers.

    Your shrimp salad recipe sounds delish. I cannot wait to try it.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it! Now that's a pretty funny story. When my daughter was 3 years old we visited friends in Dallas. She stepped on a palmetto bug with her bare feet. We tried not to freak her out, but I think she was scarred for life! Thanks for visiting!

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  17. Monical's pizza - love that stuff!! You must be a central Illinois girl -- me too!

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