Nica's 320 transitions to full Cajun menu under new name, Lagniappe

The owners of Nica's 320 released a new menu, under a new restaurant name, Lagniappe. The restaurant is all Cajun, all the time. Chef and owner Carlos Mortera debuted one of the new menu items, Bourbon Street BBQ Shrimp.

Bourbon Street BBQ Shrimp

6 to 8 large shrimp
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 tablespoons Cajun spice
¼ teaspoon black pepper
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup butter
1 garlic clove (peeled and minced)
½ cup beer
4 teaspoons light brown sugar
½ cup Worcestershire Sauce
1 lemon (sliced)
1 fresh lemon (juiced)
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 dashes Louisiana Hot Sauce
1 tablespoon chopped parsley

In a large mixing bowl, combine Cajun spice, black pepper, salt, cayenne pepper, Worcestershire Sauce, beer, lemon juice, and hot sauce. Heat the oil in your skillet over medium heat, add shrimp and cook until it starts to change to a light pink color. Deglaze the pan by slowing adding the sauce mixture, add lemon wheels, and finish by seasoning to taste.  

Candied Jalapeńo Corn Bread

½ cup butter (melted)
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup buttermilk
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup yellow cornmeal
¼ cup candied jalapeńo peppers (recipe below)

Preheat oven to 375° Fahrenheit

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the melted butter and sugar. Add the eggs and whisk until combined. Next whisk in the buttermilk and baking soda. Once ingredients have been combined, add the flour, cornmeal, peppers, and salt. Using a spatula, stir until just blended. Do not over mix.

Pour batter into a greased 8-inch square pan or baking dish. Bake for 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool for at least 15 minutes before cutting.

Candied Jalapeńos

2 tablespoons oil
1/2 cup sliced fresh jalapeńo
3 tablespoons sugar

Add oil to a large sauté pan on medium heat. Once heated, add jalapenos and cook until soft. Next, slowly add sugar and stir until incorporated. Turn your heat down and cook for one more minute. Turn heat off, and let cool prior to adding to the cornbread mixture.  

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