Shrimp-and-Tasso Gravy

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  • 1 pound peeled, medium-size raw shrimp
  • 1 tablespoon barbecue seasoning
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped tasso ham*
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley


  1. 1. Devein shrimp, if desired. Rinse and pat dry with paper towels. Sprinkle barbecue seasoning evenly over shrimp.
  2. 2. Sauté shrimp in hot oil in a large skillet over high heat 3 to 4 minutes or just until shrimp turn pink. Remove shrimp from skillet.
  3. 3. Melt butter in skillet over medium heat; add tasso ham, and sauté 5 minutes. Gradually whisk in flour. Cook, whisking constantly, 1 1/2 to 2 minutes or until mixture is golden brown. Whisk in chicken broth and half-and-half. Bring to a boil. Boil, whisking constantly, 6 to 8 minutes or until smooth and thickened. Stir in shrimp and parsley.
  4. *Smoked ham or hot smoked sausage may be substituted.
  5. Note: For testing purposes only, we used McCormick Grill Mates Barbecue Seasoning.
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