So let me start by saying that I fell in love with Rev Run, his wife Justine and the rest of his family when their show Run's house first aired in 2005. This show was like a breath of fresh air because it showcased a real life, successful, african american family that truly loves each other but faces challenges just like the rest of us. The bonus was that I could comfortably let my, then 10 year old, daughter watch it without having to worry about a bunch of profanity, sex or violence being included in the show. If anything, every week I watched the show it left me with a sense of wanting to do better in the areas of loving and communicating with my own family. 

With that said, this year I really enjoyed watching Rev Runs Sunday Suppers every week. I think it's always a great time when you can bond together with the family in the kitchen. So for this broadcast of Celebrity Test Kitchen we decided to make Mama Evelyn's Special Shrimp and Rice. In our household we are shrimp fanatics so I thought this would be a good choice.

Here is the recipe:


  • One 25-ounce jar tomato sauce
  • 2 1/2 pounds medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Steamed white rice, for serving
  • 4 to 6 strips bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled


Heat the olive oil in a medium Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onions and peppers, and saute until soft and translucent, 5 to 8 minutes.

Add the garlic, cook for 1 minute more, then add the tomato sauce and heat to a simmer. Stir the shrimp into the sauce; cook until pink and cooked through. Stir in the crumbled bacon.

Serve on top of white rice.

We made the recipe as it was written, but unfortunately the results were not mind blowing. It needed a lot of seasoning and it was too acidic. Basically it was bland. 

Here are some changes I would have made.... I would start by crisping the bacon setting it aside then using the grease in the pan to sauté the vegetables. There was no salt or pepper listed in the ingredients but it definitely needed some. Adding some Tony Chachere's or even Old Bay seasoning would have been great along with some black pepper and some oregano. The tomato sauce could have used a bit of sugar, even just a teaspoon, to help balance the acidity. Overall I rated this one a 6.5 out of 10. Here is a pic of the final dish:

 Momma Evelyn's Special Shrimp and Rice

Momma Evelyn's Special Shrimp and Rice

Watch the replay of my Periscope episode right here: