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Monday Meal: Cajun Shrimp Poppers

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The hit of this year's Super Bowl (but they're great any time) at our house was one of my favorite finger foods: Cajun-seasoned fried shrimp poppers. I advise using small shrimp (crawfish tails also work great). 

Ingredients: 

1 Tbs cayenne pepper
1 Tbs ground cumin
1 Tbs chili powder
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
Oil for frying (I prefer peanut oil)
1 lb small shrimp, peeled and deveined
Tabasco sauce or Louisiana Hot Sauce, to taste

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Method: 

Combine all the dry ingredients - the spices, salt, pepper and flour - in a medium-size bowl. 

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Heat the oil in a fryer to 350 degrees F. 

Dredge the shrimp in the flour and spice mixture. Shake off any excess. 

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Cook the shrimp in batches, depending on the size of your fryer, until crispy and golden. It should only take 2-3 minutes. 

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Drain on paper towels or brown paper bags and drizzle with hot sauce. 

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Photos by Ted Scheffler

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