Originally Posted by aravenel
Sorry MrG, you're wrong. Good shrimp has this wonderful sweetness to it that is just delicious.
I will agree that things like popcorn shrimp are terrible. What's the point in shrimp if you're going to bury it in thick fry?
I will say that as the husband of a Jew, shrimp is not the thing I wish she ate most.
That would be bacon.
Missing out on pork in general would be terrible for me. Likewise with a lot of other shellfish - crab, oysters, and crawfish in particular.
Originally Posted by Piobaire
I look on it as the chicken of the sea (no reference to the canned tuna or Jessica Simpson). There is a ton of chicken out there that's pretty meh both in quality and in preparation. However, you get the right bird with the right prep and it's eye opening. So I totally agree there's a ton of shrimp I could do without but I'd not write off the entire shrimp experience.
Being a generation older than you, and coming from Canadian farm country, "shrimp" always meant boiled, peeled, and chilled and stuck in cocktail sauce. I could never understand why people felt it was a luxury item and "high class." (Keep in mind a new Oldsmobile was for rich folk where I grew up). Actually...that part is still puzzling...
Agreed on the "chicken" thing, especially in that it's sort of a blank canvas for cooking. In fact, I think I've used that exact analogy (though I may have said white bread instead of chicken). Actually, I think I used it when I had this same discussion with FLMM and our wives. For the record, they were all appalled.
Still, I can say I've had chicken that was fantastic, especially given I love
friend chicken, but I can't come up with a time that's happened with shrimp.
The cold-shrimp-and-cocktail-sauce thing transcends time and geography. The large majority of my life until my mid 20s was spent within a few miles of the Florida coast, and people think that shit's high class there, too.
Originally Posted by in stitches
any food that requires manual "de-pooping" is an instant turn off for me.
I hate to break it to you, but all meat has to be de-pooped at some point.