Shrimp with Mashed Sweet Potatoes and Andouille Cream

Inspiration: Though I’ve never been to New Orleans (I will make it there one day!), I’m somewhat fascinated by the culture of the city. The people, the food, the drinks, the celebration - it all holds a certain magnetic quality. That being said, when Mardi Gras season rolls around every year, I like to cook about a week’s worth of New Orleans-inspired food. There’s no better way to celebrate a culture from afar than to enjoy its food, right? I do the same for St. Patrick’s Day, Cinco de Mayo….there sure are a whole lot of great cultures out there and a whole lot of great foods.

What we Loved: I obviously only share recipes on my blog that we both enjoyed (and boy it’s the worst when I get good photos of a meal that’s just not blog-worthy), but this is one of those recipes that stands out above the rest. A lot. If you know me, you’ll know that this is exactly the kind of food that I love best, so I knew that I would enjoy this recipe going into it. But still. The sweet potatoes have the perfect creamy texture, with a wonderfully sweet cinnamon flavor. The andouille cream is rich and complex, with notes of garlic and spicy sausage. And the shrimp are fresh and buttery, coated in a fantastic spicy seasoning mix that has just the right amount of heat. All together, these three components of the meal really play off of each other and create the perfect balance of sweet and spicy. Not to overstate the case for how much we loved this, but we just might have to eat it every day from now on. :)

Helpful Hints: With blackening seasoning, you can get a nice black crust if you use very high heat, don’t flip the meat other than just once, and cook for just the right amount of time. Shrimp are so delicate and very easy to overcook, so I just coated them in the seasoning and sauteed them for a few minutes. Still delicious, and I won’t change that method the next time that I make this.

Shrimp with Mashed Sweet Potatoes and Andouille Cream
Source: Adapted from Antony Field via Food Network

Sweet Potatoes
2 sweet potatoes
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Kosher salt and black pepper

1. Bake the potatoes at 350 degrees until tender, about an hour.

2. Remove the skins from the potatoes. Place them in a small sauce pan, and then add the butter, cinnamon, and salt and pepper to taste. Mix well to combine. Keep warm over low heat.

Andouille Cream
Extra virgin olive oil
3 slices onion, finely diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 link andouille sausage, finely diced
1/4 teaspoon ground thyme
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon cajun seasoning
1 tablespoon butter

1. Add a drizzle of olive oil to a sauce pan. Add the onions, and cook until softened. Add the garlic, and cook for an additional minute.

2. Add the sausage and thyme, and cook for a few minutes more.

3. Add the cream, and bring to a low simmer. Cook until reduced by half and thickened.

4. Add the cajun seasoning and butter. Keep warm over low heat.

Shrimp
Extra virgin olive oil
Butter
1 lb shrimp, peeled, deveined, and tails removed
Cajun blackening seasoning
Kosher salt

1. Place the shrimp in a bowl, and coat completely in blackening seasoning. Sprinkle with Kosher salt.

2. Heat a drizzle of olive oil and a pat of butter in a saute pan. Add the shrimp, and saute until just cooked through, about 3-4 minutes.

3. Serve the sweet potatoes topped with the cream and shrimp. 

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11 thoughts on “Shrimp with Mashed Sweet Potatoes and Andouille Cream

  1. I’m literally drooling. This sounds so amazing. I love the idea of the andouille cream. What would you suggest serving instead of the mashed sweet potatoes (an un-named someone in my house doesn’t like sweet potatoes. I know, it’s a crime)?

  2. I just made a delicious ourlifeinfood meal of crab stuffed salmon, twice-baked potatoes, and roasted brussel sprouts and…
    1. Thank you for giving me a brussel sprout recipe that my boyfriend will eat.
    2. All the different dishes came out at the same time!
    3. The minute I finished with the meal I checked your blog again and realized there was a new recipe already up to try. Your wonderful blog is what is keeping Austin and I fed. Thank you!

    • Thanks so much for the sweet words! I’m so glad that you’ve been enjoying the recipes that you’ve tried :) Isn’t that salmon a treat??

  3. This looks awesome! I love your spend a week cooking New Orleans food idea. So cool. Have you ever tried New Orleans King Cake? I never heard of it until I read about it in one of my latest food mags – it also looks delish – but back to your post – i’ll def have to try this one.

  4. I just made this for dinner – it was beautiful. The cajun seasoning I used was quite spicy and instead of andouille sausage, I used spanish chorizo because I don’t think andouille sausage is available in Australia!!

    I also took a photo of the dish, will post it up on my site when I get around to it and link to your recipe if it’s okay?

    • Of course! So glad that you liked it :) This is really one of my favorite meals in recent memory….I need to make it again soon. It sounds wonderful with chorizo!

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