Oyster or Shrimp Po' Boys Aka Poor Boys (Cook's Illustrated) Recipe

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  1. Prep the oysters: Mix the cornmeal, flour, salt, pepper and cayenne together in shallow container. Scoop up about 8 of the oysters using a slotted spoon. Allow the excess fluid to derain off briefly. Scatter the drained oysters across the cornmeal mixture. Shake the container to coat evenly. Transfer them to a wire rack set over a rimmed baking sheet. Repeat with the rest of the oysters.
  2. Heat oil in a large Dutch oven, with a candy thermometer attached to the side over high heat until it reaches 375 degrees. Slip half of the oysters carefully into the oil. Cook, stirring and prodding them to keep them from sticking together, until they are golden. It's about 2 minutes. Transfer them to a plate lined with paper towels.
  3. Return the oil to 375 degrees and repeat with remaining oysters.
  4. To make the sandwich: Hollow out the middle of the bagette pieces. Spread mayo liberally inside each hollow. Sprinkle with lemon juice. Salt and pepper it if desired. Spread the pickles and fried oysters into the bottom crusts. Top each sanddwich with some tomato slices and lettuce leaves, ending with the top bread half (-ves).
  5. If you want to make shrimp sandwiches, substitute 3/4 lb. medium shrimp, peeled and deveined. Toss them with 1 large egg (slightly beaten). Use that instead of the oysters in their liquor.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 3357.81 Kcal (14058 kJ)
Calories from fat 3198.61 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 355.4g 547%
Cholesterol 57.47mg 19%
Sodium 1303.11mg 54%
Potassium 882.23mg 19%
Total Carbs 46.48g 15%
Sugars 1.43g 6%
Dietary Fiber 7.09g 28%
Protein 21.76g 44%
Vitamin C 16.1mg 27%
Iron 8.2mg 45%
Calcium 172.8mg 17%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 410.68 Kcal (1719 kJ)
Calories from fat 391.2 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 43.47g 547%
Cholesterol 7.03mg 19%
Sodium 159.38mg 54%
Potassium 107.9mg 19%
Total Carbs 5.68g 15%
Sugars 0.17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 0.87g 28%
Protein 2.66g 44%
Vitamin C 2mg 27%
Iron 1mg 45%
Calcium 21.1mg 17%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Recipe Tags

Weightwatchers Points

  • 96
  • 98

Good Points

  • saturated fat free,
  • low cholesterol,
  • sugar free

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium,
  • High in Total Fat

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