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Weird Recipes 101: Poor Student Scampi Po' Boy


Okay, so the name of this weird recipe probably sounds confusing to those from the land of Queen Lizzy, but I promise it is definitely more appetising than the last Weird Recipe 101 I did during summer. A Po' Boy is short for 'Poor Boy' and is a 'traditional submarine sandwich from Louisiana. It almost always consists of meat, usually roast beef, or fried seafood' (I love you Wikipedia). So you can probably figure out that this recipe is for one of those, but with Scampi, a prawn thing that is fried in breadcrumbs (I'm not sure if it is a British meal or not). This is a Po' Boy with a University spin, we call it the 'poor student' and it is for students because it is fairly cheap to make and prepare, as long as you shop at Aldi, although I assume it wouldn't be too expensive to buy the ingredients at the other big supermarket chains like Tesco or Asda for example. The only supermarkets I don't recommend are Waitrose or Marks & Spencer because if you do your weekly shop at those two places then you need to sort yourself out because you will truly begin to embody the age old cliché of being a 'poor student' because their prices will suck your wallet dry, (you're supposed to try and contradict stereotypes forced upon you by society). Anyway, now you know what is going down let's get cooking.

This guy shopped at Waitrose. Watch out!

What you're going to need:
  • One of those baguettes that come part baked
  • Frozen Scampi (the amount you need depends on the size of the baguette)
  • Lettuce (crunchy water)
  • Tomatoes (red rings of death)
  • Thousand Island Dressing (or alternatively you could try Tartare sauce as it is usually served with Scampi)
  • Yourself (or alternatively you could pay your flat/house mate to do it while you take a well deserved nap break - because being a student is hard)
What you're going to do:

Step 1: This bit is easy, and if you are a true student, you will have no problem with this part. Put the part baked baguettes and the frozen scampi on a baking tray and stick them in the oven. Obviously timings will be different for both, but it seems like both food items cook at 200° on a fan oven, although they will require different times, so watch out.

Step 2: Wait for it to cook. Patience is a virtue, my friend. 

Step 3: While the bread and scampi cooks, chop your tomatoes into slices, and get your lettuce ready. If you hate those red rings of death and that crunchy water, skip this step.

Step 4: When everything is cooked, remove it from the oven and put it on a chopping board or something. Grab a suitable knife and slice into the side of the bread (alternatively you can slice the bread before you put it into the oven like I did in the picture below), but only until you reach the other side, the top of the bread should hang off. Warning, the bread will be hot so unless you have asbestos skin then I recommend letting it cool slightly before slicing it open.


Step 4: Dip a knife into the Thousand Island dressing and spread it on the inside of the bread, in a similar fashion that you would butter. I recommend using a lot of sauce, as it is très tasty.

Step 5: On the bread that I used, there was enough space to fit eight normal sized pieces of scampi. Do this and then put your tomato slices and lettuce on with it. 


Step 6: All that is left to do now is to tuck in! You have created the Poor Student Scampi Po' Boy! Feel free to change the recipe up any way you like. Add any variety of vegetables or even change the meat to your choosing. It's like an Alt:Mag version of Subway for students lacking in coin. We serve up a mean Jill Sandwich...

 
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