Tasted great and not too difficult.
Anniversary Shrimp and Grits
When we celebrated Mother and Daddy's 60th wedding anniversary, we needed an outstanding entrée to match their outstanding accomplishment. Those attending the dinner party loved the savory shrimp over Gruyère-flavored grits. We prepared the sauce a couple of hours early and kept it warm until serving time. That way the shrimp didn't overcook in the hot sauce while guests arrived and enjoyed the hors d'oeuvres. Right before serving, we added the shrimp to the sauce to cook just until done.
- GruyÃ¨re Grits
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 1/2 cups chopped red bell pepper
- 1 large white onion, finely chopped
- 1 to 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 6 ounces andouille sausage, sliced
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 1/4 cups less-sodium chicken broth
- 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons Creole seasoning (such as Tony Chachere's)
- 3 pounds unpeeled large raw shrimp,peeled and deveined
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
- Prepare Gruyère Grits; set aside, and keep warm.
- While grits are cooking, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat; add bell pepper, onion, and garlic, and sauté 2 minutes to soften. Add sausage, and cook 6 to 7 minutes or until browned, stirring often. Add wine, and cook until almost all liquid has evaporated.
- Sprinkle flour over mixture in skillet, and cook 3 minutes, stirring constantly. (Flour will start to brown.) Gradually whisk in chicken broth and cream; add bay leaves and Creole seasoning.
- Bring mixture to a simmer, and cook, uncovered, 7 minutes or until thick, stirring often. (Mixture may be cooked to this point, and then covered and kept warm until serving time.)
- Just before serving, add shrimp to sauce, and cook 3 to 4 minutes or until shrimp turn pink, stirring often. Remove and discard bay leaves, and stir in parsley. Spoon shrimp and sauce over Gruyère Grits, and serve immediately.
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