This recipe is a true inspiration from one of our favorite restaurants near our old home. This restaurant is pretty old, owned by a lovely Italian family and has been serving New York style pizza for almost 80 years if not more. A very small restaurant that can barely seat 12 people, but most people order their take outs. We were their regular customers and along with the Pizza, they also served variety of other Italian fast food cuisines. What I loved the most was the Garlic knots and the Shrimp Hero Sandwich. The sandwich was super huge and loaded with wonderful sauce and lots of cheese. The ingredients always tasted so fresh and awesome.
I kind of always love going to these small eateries because one can vouch that they cook fresh because they do run out of things and say “no” too which never happens with big chains. Although, big chains always maintain quality but use large amount of preservatives that keep the food looking good and taste great. Anyways, getting back to my favorite Shrimp sandwich. We moved and its just not possible to go back and forth to that restaurant. So, once I started making my own bread, I also started making baguettes and that led to making these wonderful sandwiches.
My boys love eating bread. Specially if the bread is served straight out of the oven. Baguette, the long delicious French Bread seems to be a family favorite. Every restaurant that served a good bread had us visiting them more often. Every time we bought French Baguette from our favorite baker, I would reheat it in the oven to make it taste fresh, which was great but not the same. And, that’s when I thought I should try making my own baguette at home. Honestly, looking at so many different recipes, I felt that Baguette wasn’t all that fancily difficult and I decided it was time I just make it. I mean, how could anything be better than a freshly baked loaf of bread? That crackly crust, the tender, airy crumb inside, steamy and yeasty and just begging to be torn into.
You can look into my baguette recipe and follow it. It’s a detailed recipe and the instructions are pretty easy to follow and execute. Once your baguette are cool enough to handle, cut them to sandwich size and slit from the middle. To prepare the shrimp, just devein and take the tail off, wash them well too. Fry some garlic in the oil and add marinara sauce. Once it comes to a boil, add shrimps to it. Cook for 2-3 minutes, add Red chili flakes, dry parsley and garlic powder. Cook for a minute and add Onion powder. Cover and cook for 2 minutes. Your marinara sauce should be thick by now and shrimp should also be cooked. Slit the baguette and add the shrimp with sauce. I like mine spicy, so I added Jalapenos as well, but you don’t have to. Place them in the oven at 350F for 5-7 minutes. Sprinkle some dry parmesan cheese and serve.