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Katy Gillett wrote: I’ve got another one for you Able! What’s the census on eating prawns and shrimp at this stage in the diet and in general for that matter? It’s almost the weekend!:)

Hello there, Katy.

The consensus on prawns and shrimp you ask;
If you asked that question in certain parts of the USA, you would possibly receive this question in reply, “What’s the difference?”
Even so, I think the popular belief is that a shrimp is a shrimp (I love it when I get a chance to do that), and a prawn is just a larger shrimp – making it still a shrimp.

So, in some areas they’re all referred to as shrimp, but in other areas, small and medium shrimp are referred to and sold as shrimp, but the large, extra-large, and jumbo shrimp are referred to and sold as prawns.
Personally, whether the menu says shrimp or prawn, I love the things. One of the most popular ways in the USA and my favorite way to eat these tasty creatures is something called “Wild West Shrimp.” You can make them yourself, which I do about half the time, or you can have the original recipe cooked and severed to you at any Longhorn Steakhouse. I have these no more than once every week or two, but i could easily eat them every other day with no problem of getting tired of the little jewels.

Eating these only once or twice in a two week period makes sense when we realize that they contain 13 grams of saturated fat and approximately 43 grams of carbohydrates in the serving at Longhorns, but the plus is the whopping 37 grams of protein in each serving. Keep in mind that a serving from Longhorn’s is probably bigger than a typical serving made in a home kitchen. They have this boat-shaped glass serving bowl which is probably between 10 and 12 inches long in which the shrimp is served.

The recipe for this consist of extra crispy pan-fried and hand-battered popcorn shrimp fried in garlic butter, then tossed with lots of sliced cherry peppers, jalapenos, more garlic butter, and the topper that makes it what it is happens to be a ‘secret’ ingredient which Longhorn (as far as I know) has never released. When you receive the dish it’s severed with a small bowl of their ranch dressing for dipping.

As far as the secret ingredient goes, it does have a name, it’s called Prairie Dust. There are lots of “copycat” recipes of the so-called dust in the US, and this is the one I use.

This one makes about 2 1/2 cups
1/2 cup paprika
1/4 cup kosher or sea salt, finely ground
1/4 brown sugar (or pure Stevia or Truvia)
2 tablespoons mustard powder
1/4 cup chili powder
1/4 cup ground cumin
2 tablespoons ground black pepper
1/4 cup granulated garlic
2 tablespoons cayenne pepper
Mix all ingredients and store in a tightly covered container.

Some people think it’s a “bit warm” …… I love it when I make myself laugh.

All of that above and I still didn’t address your concern. I ate shrimp on the diet twice I think, the recipe above once, and I received mild reactions both times, but I do remember saying afterwards that it was more than worth it. At this time, as I said, I eat it once or twice every two weeks.

All that to say, “Proceed at your own risk.”


PS: Yes the weekend, I can already hear the lake calling.