Shrimp season is from May to December and no summer in the south is complete without a Louisiana Seafood Boil where you roll-up your sleeves and put out a pile of paper napkins and let the mess begin! Another southern favorite is shrimp and grits, the iconic breakfast meal for coastal fishermen and communities, although the people living in and around Charleston, North Carolina have been known to make it a mainstay of their diet for decades. I bookmarked this recipe from one of my favorite food blogs: The Duo Dishes, who describe themselves as ” just two people who love to cook, love to eat and love to talk about cooking and eating”. This post found them reminiscing about family and friends and the traditional southern comfort foods that defined celebrations through their days at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
My mind moved to the plight of the fishermen and shrimpers in the Gulf in the ongoing catastrophe of the BP oil spill and I went online to Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Program, the most recognized and trusted resource for sustainable seafood recommendations, for their update on the safety of Gulf Shrimp. A recent 60 Minutes segment encouraged consumers to continue to buy Gulf seafood because, if anything, inspections have become more rigorous, and the livelihood of an entire region of America is at stake. So let’s get to the good stuff…
Crab and Shrimp Burgers
1 cup large uncooked shrimp, cleaned, peeled and chopped
1 cup fresh crab meat
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
1/2 teaspoon Louisiana Hot Sauce
2 teaspoons Dijon or spicy brown mustard
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1/4 cup medium onion, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
1/8 teaspoon white pepper
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/3 cup panko crumbs
1 egg, lightly whisked
1 cup bread crumbs
1 teaspoon Old Bay seafood seasoning
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, optional
Makes 4-6, depending on the size of your patties
The spill will affect many popular commercial seafood species and the people who depend on them for a living: wild shrimp from the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic; snappers caught in the same waters; wild Eastern oysters; groupers; U.S. farmed oysters; and U.S. farmed shrimp.
You can support beleaguered fishing communities when you select Seafood Watch Best Choices and Good Alternatives from the Gulf. You can also download a seafood watch pocket guide .