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(recipe, Marcelle Bienvenu & Judy Walker)
In 1998, food editor Dale Curry visited Bayou Loutre in Yscloskey, a shrimping village in St. Bernard Parish, where Katrina later caused havoc. The Islenos had settled in this community along the lower Mississippi River in 1778. The Islenos were Spanish colonists from the Canary Islands, and traces of the Castilian Spanish language still remain. Curry talked with Selina Gonzales, a native of the community, who shared some of her mother’s recipes, including this one. Many of the recipes were Spanish, relying heavily on olive oil and lots of garlic. Fish and shrimp were naturals for this kind of cooking. A spectacular dish to feed a crowd can be made by adding a whole redfish to this recipe. Place the cleaned, deheaded fish, with fins removed, in the center of a large pan, surround it with the shrimp and potato mixture, and bake.