If at First You Don’t Succeed

A huge fail, but I kept on trying!

I love it when a new recipe turns out perfectly, and I can snap a picture and share it with my internet friends. And although I usually share all of my successes, I rarely share the failures. Not because I’m embarrassed by them — I am way beyond that — but, because in most cases it serves no purpose.

That is until now, which is why I’ve decided to share a previous disaster with you. Of course it comes with a story.

I absolutely love fried shrimp — or at least I used to. I realized that although the shrimp was healthy, I would have to give up the fried part, so I tried all sort of faux fried recipes. Some worked better than others, but there is one that stands out in my mind — and I have photos.

The recipe called for the shrimp to be dipped in a mixture of flour and cornbread, and then sautéed until “golden brown and crispy”. Well, I had no problem with the dipping, but when I went to sauté the shrimp, the breading mixture just kind of clumped up and fell off. It was horrible — I had pieces or breading everywhere, except on the shrimp. And as you know, it doesn’t take long to overcook shrimp; so in trying to make sure the breading was done, I overcooked the shrimp.

The result — as pictured here — was inedible. I think I ended up making us some chicken salad instead. Not only was the shrimp tough and overdone, but the breading — which didn’t stick to anything — was not cooked at all. A total fail in my book.

But I didn’t give up in my quest for a substitute for one of my favorite dishes. Eventually I found a recipe that worked, and I’ve added it to my list of go-to favorites. My Panko Crusted Baked Shrimp is easy to make, and I consider it a more than adequate substitute for fried shrimp. Of course now that I do the wheat-free thing, I substitute crushed Rice Chex for the Panko, and I use gluten-free flour, but it’s still a very tasty and healthy recipe.

So the moral of the story is (of course), if at first you don’t succeed, don’t give up, just keep on trying.

And don’t be afraid to laugh at your failures. Believe me, it’s very therapeutic.

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