Yum! I reduced the quantity of grits by half, cooking for two, but kept the shrimp and sauce the same--no changes. Wonderful. Try this recipe!
Michelle's Lowcountry Shrimp and Grits
Local ingredients make Michelle's Lowcountry Shrimp and Grits--from freshly-caught shrimp to stone-ground grits with herbs, butter, and "a little love" stirred in. Chef Weaver suggests using Anson Mills grits.
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Total: 1 Hour, 35 Minutes
- 2 cups uncooked white coarse-ground grits
- 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter
- SHRIMP SAUCE
- 1 pound unpeeled, medium-size raw shrimp (2 8/31 count)
- 4 thick hickory-smoked bacon slices, diced
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 medium-size Vidalia onion, diced
- 1/2 poblano pepper, diced
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
- 1/4 cup Madeira
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
- 1 green onion, chopped
- 1. Prepare Grits: Bring 7 cups water to a boil in a 4-qt. saucepan over medium-high heat. Slowly whisk in grits; reduce heat to medium, and cook, whisking constantly, 5 minutes. Cover, reduce heat to low, and cook, stirring occasionally, 1 hour or until tender. Fold in cheese and 1/4 cup butter.
- 2. Prepare Shrimp Sauce: Peel shrimp; devein, if desired.
- 3. Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat, stirring often, 4 to 5 minutes or until crisp; remove bacon, and drain on paper towels, reserving 2 Tbsp. drippings in skillet.
- 4. Melt 6 Tbsp. butter in hot drippings in skillet. Reduce heat. Add onion, poblano pepper, and garlic; sauté 2 minutes or until onion is translucent. Add shrimp; cook, stirring often, 1 to 2 minutes. Add salt and next 2 ingredients; toss to coat.
- 5. Sprinkle flour over shrimp mixture; toss. Add broth and next 2 ingredients. Cook just until shrimp turn pink, stirring to loosen particles from skillet. Stir in bacon and parsley. Serve over grits with green onion.
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