Joanna Gaines recipe or Cajun Shrimp is one that will fill the house with wonderful aroma and also become a family favorite in a hot second. The recipe is super easy and makes for a quick and easy dinner that can be whipped up in an instant. I just have a few notes though, I'll share them below.
My honest review of this Cajun Shrimp recipe is that it is super easy, and a fantastic way to get the flavors of a classic shrimp boil across in a sheet pan dinner. And that is exactly what a sheet pan dinner should be. Quick and to the point while packed with great flavor!
I love how you use one bowl to continually season each ingredient while adding it to the pan at different intervals to layer in the flavor and get each element cooked to perfection.
The only issue I have is that the recipe that is written doesn't match the photo in the book. The photo includes sausage and the recipe does not. I thought at first I was crazy and I misread the recipe and missed it somewhere, but nope, no call for sausage and no notes on the recipe either.
I guess what I am most sad about is that I want to know what sausage Joanna would have recommended to serve it with and now I don't know if we will ever know. Unless she somehow get's her hands on this review!? I would guess an Andouille or similar, I found this great chicken cordon bleu sausage at a fancy gas station that I used and it was great!
Ok, now that I have cleared up my feelings about the missing ingredient I can tell you how much my family and I LOVED this recipe. It has been requested many more times since the first time I made it and I see it becoming one of those "special meals" for us. That is one that gets asked for at birthdays and summer holidays and what not!
It is packed with flavor and all the juices that run off and combine with the butter at the end are just begging to have a loaf of crust bread dipped in them!
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Add Sausage! I think it needs it just to bulk up the dish and make it a FULL MEAL.
I would also say you want a nice loaf of crusty bread to serve next to it. Why waste all the juices and that butter, plus that will round the meal out well too!
Overall, meet your new family classic that will be enjoyed time after time!
Until next time, Happy Cooking!