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Red Hot Waffle With Buffalo Shrimp

Serves8
IngredientsShrimp
Menu PartSandwich/Wrap
Cuisine TypeAmerican
Red Hot Waffle With Buffalo Shrimp

Chef Richard Spurlock

JD’s Pub & Grille

Smithville, N.J.

Banquet and catering chef Richard Spurlock created this recipe for the Neighborhood to Nation Recipe Contest and was named the regional winner for the Northeast. His goal was to expand on chicken and waffles by swapping in shrimp and adding a jolt of heat. The fiery-hot homemade waffle makes a unique sandwich carrier wrapped around crispy battered shrimp spiked with Buffalo sauce. A cool yogurt dipping sauce offsets the spiciness.

Ingredients

Yogurt dipping sauce

1 celery stalk with leaves, in chunks

12 oz. plain nonfat yogurt

1 oz. blue cheese crumbles (1/4 cup)

Waffles

4 cups complete waffle mix

1 1/3 cups cool water

1 1/3 cups Buffalo hot sauce

Shrimp

3 tbsp. butter

1 cup Buffalo hot sauce

40 large shrimp, peeled, deveined and butterflied

¾ cup all-purpose flour

3 eggs, beaten

1¼ cups plain dry breadcrumbs

Vegetable oil for frying

½ cup chopped green onions

Steps

1. For yogurt dipping sauce: Into mini food chopper or food processor, add celery chunks. Puree and drain on paper towels.

2. In small mixing bowl, combine celery puree with yogurt and blue cheese; cover and refrigerate until needed.

3. For waffles: In mixing bowl, whisk together waffle mix, water and hot sauce until blended and smooth.

4. Meanwhile, prepare shrimp: In small saucepan, melt butter. Stir in hot sauce; simmer over low heat until blended. Keep warm.

5. Coat shrimp in flour; dredge in beaten eggs, allowing excess to drip off, then coat in breadcrumbs.

6. Heat oil in deep Cook shrimp in deep fryer to 350 F. Cook shrimp until golden brown; keep warm.

7. Preheat well-oiled waffle iron to 375 F. For each waffle, scoop about 2/3 cup batter onto hot waffle iron; cook 2 to 3 minutes until golden brown.

8. To assemble, for each serving, dip five shrimp in warm butter mixture; place on half a warm waffle. Sprinkle with green onions and fold waffle over shrimp. Serve with 2 ounces yogurt dipping sauce.

Photo courtesy of General Mills Convenience & Foodservice

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