Driving down to visit my family last week, I made a passing comment that the only food I truly missed since living gluten free, was a Shrimp Burger.
Although similar to a “Po-Boy,” a real NC Shrimp Burger is a tasty tradition made up of small crispy-fried shrimp, sweet coleslaw, tartar sauce and ketchup. Sounds odd, I realize, but this yummy concoction sandwiched in a super-soft bun — for me — is the embodiment of being at the beach. The local drive-ins serving them near my parents’ house haven’t changed in over 50 years – even some of the waitresses seem to be the same!
Although I grew up enjoying these local favorites every summer, I haven’t had a Shrimp Burger since 1999, and I’ll admit to periodic pangs of self-pity that I can no longer enjoy this poor-man’s delicacy.
So it was that I happened again to comment with a heavy sigh that I still longed for a Shrimp Burger. My sweetie responded that I should just make one myself, and thereby stop pouting about them. “I bet yours will be even better than the ones at the the drive-ins,” he challenged. That stopped me in my tracks. Why couldn’t I make my own? & why hadn’t I thought of that years ago???
Let me just tell you that after trying my hand at a gluten-free Shrimp Burger, my longing for the drive-in versions has totally waned. I can make this yummy sandwich anytime I want – I don’t have to wait for the beach or even wait for summer! And I can tailor it to my needs, making it gluten and dairy-free, not deep-fried, and of course, totally delicious. And now, so can you!
Enjoy a taste of summer anytime … on a bun or not, with or without the fixins!
Pour just enough oil into electric skillet or frying pan and preheat oil to 375 F (medium-high heat).
Line a tray with parchment or paper towels and set aside.
Prepare 2 bowls: in one, combine the milk and lemon juice; in the other, whisk together the Jules Gluten Free All Purpose Flour, cornmeal, pepper and salt. Dredge in the flour mixture first, then the milk, then the flour mixture again.
Lay battered shrimp into hot oil and fry on each side for 2 – 4 minutes, or until light golden brown (the shrimp will appear pink if cut in two). After frying on each side, remove from oil and drain on the lined baking tray.
Stir all ingredients together in a large bowl, adding sugar to suit your taste. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Take your favorite gluten-free hamburger buns and slather with tartar sauce and/or ketchup. Spoon a generous amount of slaw onto the bun and top with fried shrimp. Place the top bun over the shrimp to complete the sandwich and enjoy!