Out of a desire to use what I had on hand, and to put off going to the grocery store for a couple more days, I have been getting creative with meals this week.
One of the dishes I put together is an Italian Shrimp Po Boy Sandwich. I choose this name only because I wanted to make a Po’ Boy Sandwich and I ended up raiding the fridge and garden for items to top it off with.
I know this is traditionally served on a hard bread like a baguette, but it just so happens that I had left over hot dog buns in the freezer from Memorial Day.
In addition, I had a package of SeaPak Popcorn Shrimp that I had bought Buy One Get One FREE at Publix, so there was no need to add any seasonings.
To recreate this dish you will need:
18 oz Box of Frozen Popcorn Shrimp
An Eight Count Pack of Hot Dog Buns
Marinara Sauce or Spaghetti Sauce
Chopped Green Onion (I used 2 long leaves of it)
To get started making this recipe, I preheated the oven and put some marinara in a pot to warm up. Once the oven was ready, I placed the shrimp and cooked it according to the directions on the box. When there was about 5 minutes left on the time, I put the defrosted buns into a pan and warmed them up in the oven.
Tip: You will want to put the buns in the oven to dry them out a bit. That way they will hold up to the marinara.
After the shrimp was cooked, I turned off the oven and added 5-8 pieces in each bun. Next, I added a little green onion on top.
Then I topped these off with some marinara, and then shredded cheese.
I placed the buns back into the warm oven, and kept them in until the cheese melted.
Once it was ready, I served immediately and paired it with a Parmesan Broccoli Recipe.
This dish was that easy to put together and as a frugal mom, I was glad to use what I already had on hand. It was also a filling meal and my family loved it. My husband said it looked like it came right out of a restaurant.
I can’t wait for those shrimp to go on sale again.
Do you create a similar dish? What ingredients do you use?
If you try this recipe out, let me know what you think!