Easy Shrimp Creole

2 T butter or margarine
1/3 c chopped onion
2 T buttermilk biscuit mix
1 ½ c water
1 can (6 oz.) tomato paste
1 ½ tsp salt
Dash pepper
¼ tsp sugar
1 bay leaf
½ c chopped celery
½ c chopped green pepper
2 lb. shrimp, shelled and cleaned
Fluffy rice

In skillet, melt butter; add onion and cook slightly. Add biscuit mix and stir until well blended. Combine remaining ingredients except shrimp and rice and add with onion mixture to crockpot. Stir well. Cover and cook on low setting for 4 to 9 hours.

One hour before serving, turn to high setting and add shrimp. Remove bay leaf and serve over hot, fluffy rice.

Make 6 servings (about 1 ½ quarts). Double recipe for 5-quart crockpot.