Saturday, October 8, 2016

Shrimp burgers: when you don't want your vacation to end #recipe #giveaway @Abbottmysteries

We travel we love to bring back ideas, food photos and recipes.  What a great way for the vacation to continue on.  This summer MJ and hubby went to the beautiful island of Newfoundland for a bucket list trip.

 It was such a great holiday that it remains on the bucket list and we will go back.
Fishing has been the base of Newfoundland economy since it was first settled.  Although the cod fishery has collapsed from overfishing by trawlers, there is still lots of great fish in the restaurants and fish and chips seem to be a staple.  
We enjoyed city and village restaurants. We loved this one with the fishing boat on the front of it! 

 One of the highlights was a shrimp burger in this restaurant in Port au Choix on the coast as we headed north to see the Viking reconstruction.  

Tiny shrimps were obtained fresh from the plant across the street and they were in season.  These little shrimps are lovely and sweet and known as salad shrimp.  We get them frozen and they have quite a different texture from their larger relatives.  

We loved the boat protruding from the restaurant’s deck and the shrimp burger was terrific, although not a burger per se. It seemed to be more a generous serving of sautéed shrimp, served on a bun with fries.  At home we tried to reconstruct it and came up with this.  

Victoria found these amazing triangular ciabatta buns at the bakery, but any tasty bun will do.
This easy peasy recipe served three, but could stretch to four more restrained eaters.

I pound frozen salad shrimp (if you find fresh, even better)
Juice of a lemon
Salt & pepper
Chopped fresh chives.
Chopped parsley
Juice of half a lemon.
Melt the butter in a frying pan.
3 to 4 buns, warmed.
lettuce if you'd like and we did
Thaw shrimp and squeeze out excess liquid, with a paper towel. Shrimp should be nice and dry.  
Sauté the shrimps until just pink. 

Season with S & P.  Add chives, parsley and lemon and season with S & P.  How easy is that?  Give them a couple of minutes for the flavors to ‘marry’.
Slather buns with good quality mayonnaise (we used Hellman’s), place lettuce on buns and scoop out shrimp with a slotted spoon to avoid having a soggy ‘burger’.

Enjoy your mini-trip to Newfoundland.  We are making this delicious lunch part of our regular routine, whenever we can find the salad shrimp.

Now, if you’ll excuse us, we’re feeling hungry!

By the way, this was release week for The Hammett Hex, our fifth book collector mystery.  We’d like to offer any ONE of the audio editions for the first four book collector mysteries for you or your library .  All you need to do is leave a comment WITH YOUR EMAIL address, so we can contact you.  Be prepared to check your spam filter for a message from Mary Jane Maffini.  Spam filters sometimes think that’s marijuana muffins and, well, you see the problem. 
We are on the road this weekend so it may take a day or two.  Be vigilent!

Good luck everyone.

If you don't have The Hammett Hex yet,  here's your chance:

 CLICK HERE or ask your favorite booksellter




  1. I also love to extend my vacation by cooking some memorable meals back home. Love your Newfoundland photos MJ. I am more used to seeing a shrimp cake/patty type burger but this looser version with salad shrimp looks delicious and sounds healthy too! A bit messy to eat maybe, but that's ok! Enjoy your road trip east this weekend MJ. I am sure you will enjoy more happy eating experiences there too!

  2. Reading your book now. I admit I miss your regular characters. It is nice to take a trip though.

  3. Made me hungry, looking at that shrimp sandwich. Thanks for the chance :)
    jslbrown2009 at aol dot com

  4. No shrimp for me but I'd still love to read your book. Thanks for the chance. lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  5. Great recipe. When I lived in Mtl. I went to Nfld. and loved the place. So unique and wonderful. Thanks for the lovely giveaway. Enjoyed the photos. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  6. Newfoundland is my favorite locale. The authentic beauty and the wonderful people made my visit unforgettable. The shrimp recipe looks enticing. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

  7. I've got shrimp thawing for tonight---and I just may try this recipe.

  8. Salad shrimp are going on my grocery list. Yummy. Thank you for the chance to win an audio book. Dmskrug3 (at) hotmail (dot) com

  9. Thanks for the chance to win.

  10. I first had those tiny shrimp when visiting in Maine. They really are delicious.

    The book is on its way, but Matthew has delayed it.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

    1. The book arrived yesterday and I'm 1/2 way through it! It's great!!!

  11. I love shrimp and this looks so delicious. Sometimes I get tired of chicken or beef and this is a lighter treat.

  12. I would love to go to Newfoundland, sounds like a great vacation. The shrimp burger really looks delicious. I really enjoy audio books and would love to listen to one of the series on audio. Thanks for the chance.

  13. I really want to visit Newfoundland! And I love shrimp. It is about the only thing I have been craving for the last few months.

    ElaineE246 at msn dot com

  14. More great photos and a delicious recipe. Shrimp sandwiches are always good. Thanks for the giveaway - audio books are a great help to get the 10,000 steps in each day. xoxo