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Surf and Turf Po’Boys

 

Surf and Turf Po'Boys on a plate with chips

Surf and Turf Po’Boys are hearty , spicy and dripping with gravy and jalapeno mayo. It’s the perfect combination with the tender shrimp and hearty roast beef. This makes special appearances at my house and my family loves it.  If you have never had a Louisiana style Po’Boy this is the perfect place to start. Unlike most Po’Boys this doesn’t have fried meat so it’s a bit easier . Depending on the part of Louisiana you visit the Po’Boys differ greatly . This is very typical of how you would get one in the Lake Charles area. I did get the inspiration for this from several local restaurants .

Po’boys are said to have originated in New Orleans during the 1920’s streetcar strike . Martin Brother’s Restaurant and Coffee stand in the French Market jokingly called the men striking “Poor Boys” when they stopped to get their “loaves” ( a hoagie type sandwich made on cut french loaves). Eventually the term was coined and shorten to Po’Boys. In modern day New Orleans when you order a Po’Boy most of them have either fried shrimp, fish or oysters with some type of remoulade. A little different from the Southwest corner where I am from , but believe me I love both . Did you know here in Louisiana there are restaurants that only serve Po’Boys ? Po’Boy shops are basically Louisana’s Deli .

    What you will need to make this recipe :

  • Po’Boy buns or French Bread sliced
  • Deli Sliced Roast Beef and Provolone
  • 1 lb peeled shrimp
  • Creole or Cajun seasoning like THIS
  • Brown Gravy Packet
  • Garlic and onion Powder
  • Beef Better than Bouillon
  • Jalapeno Mayo 
  • Medium saucepan like THIS
  • Medium Frying pan like THIS
  • Baking Pan

All of the ingredients to make Surf and Turf Po'Boys

Start by making the gravy first. Whisk together two cups of water, gravy packet , Better than bouillon and seasoning

 

Gravy whisked together in a bowl

Pour mixture into a medium saucepan and bring up to a boil and then simmer . Whisking occasionally until the gravy and simmer until the gravy is thickened.

Brown Gravy cooked in a sauce pan.

While the gravy is simmering heat up a skillet with olive oil on medium heat. Pour the shrimp into the heated skillet and cook them until they turn pink and the tail curls. Heat up the roast beef in the microwave just long enough the take the chill off .

Shrimp cooked in a skillet

Assembly of the Po’Boy

  • Split your buns if they aren’t split and cover one side with cheese then place it on a baking sheet
  • Place them under the broiler in your oven just long enough for the cheese to melt
  • Once the cheese is melted layer on top of the cheese Roast beef , a little Gravy, 4-5 Shrimp. then desired amount of gravy.
  • On the plain side of the bun spread desired amount of jalapeno mayo
  • Place the desired amount of lettuce and fold it together

Steps to building Surf and Turf Po'Boys

Grab some napkins because it’s messy !

Surf and Turf Po'Boys on a plate

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Surf and Turf Po'Boys

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Calories

Ingredients
  

  • 4-5 Po'Boy Buns or Cut French Bread
  • Sliced Provolone Cheese* or cheese of choice
  • 1 LB Deli Sliced Roast Beef
  • 1 LB Medium peeled shrimp
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive oil
  • 1 Teaspoon of Creole or Cajun seasoning
  • Jalapeno Mayo -*See Notes for recipe
  • Shredded Lettuce

Gravy

  • 1 Brown gravy packet
  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 teaspoons creole or cajun seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons Beef Better than Bouillon-optional

Instructions
 

Gravy

  • Whisk together two cups of water, gravy packet , Better than bouillon and seasoning
  • Pour the mixture into a medium saucepan and bring up to a boil and then simmer whisking occasionally
  • Simmer until the gravy has thickened

Shrimp and Roast Beef

  • While the gravy is simmering heat up a skillet with olive oil on medium heat.
  • Pour shrimp into the heated skillet and cook them
  • Sprinkle the teaspoon of creole or cajun seasoning on them while they are cooking.
  • Shrimp cook quickly , as soon as the tail begins to curl and they turn pink remove them from heat and set them aside.
  • Heat up roast beef in the microwave to just to take the chill off

Assembly of the Po'Boy

  • Split your buns if they aren't split and cover one side with cheese then place it on a baking sheet
  • Place them under the broiler in your oven just long enough for the cheese to melt
  • Once the cheese is melted layer on top of the cheese Roast beef , a little Gravy, 4-5 Shrimp. then desired amount of gravy.
  • On the plain side of the bun spread desired amount of jalapeno mayo
  • PLace the desired amount of lettuce and fold it together

Notes

The Jalapeno Mayo is a bit spicy so if you are sensitive to spice just use regular mayo
Click HERE for Jalapeno May recipe 

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abakershouse
abakershouse
3 years ago

I was looking for a recipe that would make us feel like we were traveling and trying a new cuisine and this is exactly what I need! Your recipe will hold me over until we can get back to traveling!

bostongirlbakes
3 years ago

Ooh Love the idea of turning the classic Po’Boy into a surf and turf. And can’t wait to try it with this Jalapeno mayo!

Bernice Hill
Bernice Hill
3 years ago

YES!! We’ve been to NOLA and had a few Po’boys…but I didn’t know they vary depending on the area you are in. Now I have to go back for a Po’boy tour.

Veronika
3 years ago

Love the flavor combinations you put together! It will be great for a BBQ party or a picnic. Saved the recipe for future!

Beth
Beth
3 years ago

These po’boys look so simple yet delicious. I know for my family that sauce would be everything, and the jalapeno mayo would have to be on the table too!

caglediaries
caglediaries
3 years ago

Wow , that’s a delicious mix. I love it. Will be making it this weekend!

Heidy L. McCallum
Heidy L. McCallum
3 years ago

These SURF AND TURF PO’BOYS were so good!!! I was really impressed having lived in LA for years and being born and raised in the south. Very delish and packed wit excellent flavor. Looking forward to your next Southern/Cajun post. Happy Sunday.

Loreto and Nicoletta
3 years ago

Believe it or not I never thought of surf and turf in a Po boy! Brilliant love the mayo and that rich gravy dipping sauce. A great easy dinner for the family!👍👌❤

organicallyaddison
organicallyaddison
3 years ago

I can’t wait to try this with gluten free bread! This Po Boy is LOADED!!!

Moop Brown
Moop Brown
3 years ago

This po’boy looks incredibly filling and flavorful and has my mouthwatering. Thanks for sharing!

Rose North
Rose North
1 year ago

I am unable to sign up for anything! I get a message, not to use a symbol. The problem is, I’m not using any symbol except for @! Can you help?

Tonya
Tonya
9 months ago

How many calories would this have in it?