Shifting gears a little bit, this is really a nice take on remoulade sauce. Among other things, it went great with this lovely shrimp remoulade cocktail.
Baby Lady loves to cook and sometimes she gets her feelings hurt when I cook all of the time. So, the other day she just took charge in the kitchen and I was the helper and photographer. Because she was in the mood for something light for dinner she opted to make her fabulous grouper ceviche. She also decided she would make her fantastic remoulade sauce for the shrimp remoulade cocktail pictured above. Now, remoulade sauce is akin to a tarter sauce. It’s a mayonnaise based sauce that originated in France. The classic French version principally contained mayonnaise, anchovies, dijon mustard, capers, cornichons, tarragon and chervil and was meant to be served with cold meats, poultry or seafood. As everything else, however, things change and so did remoulade sauce. You see, the French brought it with them to Louisiana and once it was coupled with the Spanish, African, Indian influences in creole cooking a remarkable transformation took place. Instead of being an off-white color with the delicate hints of tarragon and chervil, it became a red piquant sauce with the addition of hot sauce and/or cayenne pepper. Also, now, instead of being used as a condiment with cold meats, poultry and seafood, it became an accompaniment for seafood, particularly shrimp. In fact, today, shrimp remoulade is an ubiquitous cold appetizer in New Orleans Creole restaurants. Changed and enhanced by Louisiana’s local ingredients, remoulade has become almost indefinable, with innumerable permutations and variations. Nowadays, everyone has their own remoulade sauce whereby they they add, subtract or substitute whatever they want and still call it “Remoulade Sauce.” Such is the case with Baby Lady’s remoulade sauce. The only connection to the classic remoulade is that it has mayonnaise and dijon mustard. That’s it. 😮
It has been a considerable time since Baby Lady last made her remoulade sauce. So, it was no surprise when she looked at me and said “I hope I remember what I put in it.” 😮 😮 So, she merrily went her way into the pantry and fridge to gather ingredients. If you compare the ingredient photo with the ingredient list you will see which ones she forgot. 🙂 Nevertheless, she did remember and put together this wonderful remoulade sauce. You really need to give this a try but don’t limit this remoulade sauce just to shrimp. It goes with almost anything. Remoulade sauce can be used as as a sauce for shrimp, crab, oysters, beef, chicken, pork, veal; as the binder for tuna salad; as a condiment for shrimp and oyster po’ boys; as the sauce for fish, like a spicy crusted cod with remoulade; as a condiment for french fries; as a base for potato salad; and even as a vegetable dip. It’s just a fantastic sauce. So without any further ado, this is what she did.
- 1 cup Mayonaise
- 1 Tbsp horseradish
- 1 Tbsp Asian chili garlic sauce (Baby Lady prefers the Huy Fong Foods Chili Garlic Sauce made by the folks who bring you Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce – it is pretty tasty)
- 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tsp Old Bay seasoning
- 1 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
- 1/2 lemon juiced
Add the mayonnaise to a mixing bowl.
Now, add the chili garlic sauce
the worcestershire sauce
the lemon juice
the Old Bay Seasoning
and last, but not least, the dijon mustard
Mix everything together and viola Baby Lady’s Remoulade Sauce.
Now, for those of you intrigued by the Shrimp Remoulade, there are no photos but here is what we did.
We were out of lettuce so we used some of our fresh homegrown swiss chard from the garden and put a nest of the chard on the bottom of the martini glass. Baby Lady made some of her guacamole for the ceviche so we decided to put a dollop of guacamole on top of the chard. Then, we spooned the remoulade on top of the guacamole and ringed the martini glass with the jumbo shrimp with a small swiss chard placed in the back for garnish. This worked out exceptionally well as the guacamole paired beautifully with the remoulade and shrimp.
Happy cooking!! 😀