Thursday, October 27, 2011
Cracker-Breaded Fried Shrimp
We found that coarsely crushed crackers work best for this recipe. Place crackers in a zip-top plastic bag, and crush with a rolling pin.
2 pounds unpeeled, large fresh shrimp
1 1/2 cups crushed buttery round crackers (about 26 crackers)
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon pepper, divided
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup buttermilk
2-3 drops hot sauce
1 large egg
Peel, shrimp, leaving tails intact, and devin
Combine crushed crackers, flour, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and salt in a shallow dish. Stir together buttermilk, hot sauce, egg, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a bowl until blended. Dip shrimp in buttermilk mixture; dredge in cracker mixture.
Pour oil to a depth of 2 1/2 inches into a large, deep cast-iron or heavy-duty skillet; heat to 375 degrees F. Fry shrimp, in batches, 1-2 minutes or until golden; drain on wire racks over paper towels