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Shrimp Patties

Recipe Ingredients

3 cups water

1 pound unpeeled medium-size fresh shrimp

3 tablespoons butter or margarine

1/3 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup milk

2 scallions, chopped

1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon Beau Monde seasoning

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1/4 teaspoon paprika

1/4 teaspoon hot sauce

1 large egg, lightly beaten

1 cup Italian-seasoned breadcrumbs, divided

1/4 cup vegetable oil

Method

Bring water to a boil; add shrimp, and cook 3 to 5 minutes or until shrimp turn pink. Drain well; rinse with cold water. Peel and devein shrimp; chop and set aside.

Melt butter in a heavy saucepan over low heat; add flour, stirring until smooth. Cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly.

Gradually add milk to saucepan; cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is thickened and bubbly.

Stir in scallions and next 7 ingredients.

Combine shrimp, egg and 1/2 cup breadcrumbs; stir in sauce mixture. Shape into 4 patties; dredge patties in remaining breadcrumbs. Pour oil to depth of 1/2 inch into a large, heavy skillet.

Fry patties in hot oil over medium-high heat until golden brown, turning once.

Drain on paper towels.