Use up your zucchini in this fabulous Shrimp Stew with Bacon served over rice! With warm chili spices, a hint of smoky sweetness and a New Orleans flair. Gluten free.
This shrimp stew with bacon makes me happy. There’s just something festive about shrimp, bacon and zucchini simmering in a tomato-based stew with warm chili spices and a hint of smoky sweetness.
It all started when I had an intense craving for some type of New Orleans-style dish with shrimp and bacon over rice. It’s probably because my hubby and I are planning a spring trip to NOLA for our 25th wedding anniversary. Yes!
We’ve never been there. But, we’ve heard a thing or two about the fabulous food, music and architecture. Do you have recommendations for us?
Anyway, one evening I decided to try to make something like shrimp etouffée. But, after perusing a few recipes online, I realized I lacked some key ingredients.
Feeling adventurous, I decided to just make up a shrimp stew with bacon, using what I had.
“Who cares if it’s not authentic or blog worthy?” I thought. “I’m going to have fun with this.”
And I did. It was so freeing, and as it turned out, delicious!
I still had extra zucchini from experimenting with this Cheesy Zucchini Bake. Could I incorporate them in a shrimp and bacon dish using spices and seasonings from my go-to chili recipe (Turkey BBQ Chili with Red Peppers)? Would a large can of peeled tomatoes work as the base?
Most definitely, yes! This shrimp stew almost has a gumbo feel to it. There’s no flour involved, though, so it’s gluten free.
My hubby and I were thrilled to dig into this meal, served over rice. (See How to Cook Long-Grain Rice Like Pasta for the method I use.)
We decided this shrimp stew with bacon was a keeper and deserved to be shared with all of you. So, I gleefully put it on the menu again this week, tweaking the ingredient amounts and making sure to capture some photos.
This makes a generous amount of food, but the leftovers are delicious. (Make sure to eat them within two days.)
I hope this meal makes you happy, too. Enjoy!
P.S. Don’t forget to comment with your New Orleans tips on restaurants, hotels and must-see sites!
(Recipe Source: Cooking with Mamma C)