Mama Blue's Shrimp Patties

Course : Shrimp
Serves: 4
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3 cups water
1 pound unpeeled medium-size fresh -- shrimp
3 tablespoons butter or margarine
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup milk
2 medium green onions -- chopped
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon beau monde seasoning
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon hot sauce
1 large egg -- lightly beaten
1 cup Italian-seasoned bread -- crumbs, divided
1/4 cup vegetable oil

Preparation / Directions:

Bring water to a boil; add shrimp, and cook 3 to 5 minutes or until shrimp turn pink. Drain well; rinse with cold water. Chill. Peel, devein, and chop shrimp. Melt butter in a heavy saucepan over a low heat; add flour, stirring until smooth. Cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Gradually add milk; cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is thickened and bubbly. Stir in green onions and next 6 ingredients. Combine shrimp, egg, 1/2-cup breadcrumbs, and sauce mixture. Shape into 4 patties; dredge in remaining crumbs. Pour oil to depth of 1/2 inch into a skillet. Fry in hot oil until golden, turning once. Drain.

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