Wesley's Gulf Coast Shrimp and Grits

Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Annette Joseph
Wesley's Gulf Coast Shrimp and Grits provides the perfect comfort food by combining buttery Parmesan grits with a rich, tomato-based sauce.

Yield:

Makes 6 servings

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Recipe Time

Hands-on: 50 Minutes
Total: 1 Hour, 40 Minutes

Ingredients

GRITS
1 1/2 cups milk
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups uncooked quick-cooking grits
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
4 garlic cloves, minced
3 shallots, minced
3/4 cup dry white wine
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons minced fresh chives
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
SHRIMP SAUCE
30 unpeeled, jumbo raw shrimp (2 1/25 count)
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, divided
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1 tablespoon minced shallots
1 pt. cherry tomatoes, halved
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoons drained capers
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
Dash of hot sauce
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed
1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives

Preparation

1. Prepare Grits: Preheat oven to 350°. Bring milk, 1/4 cup butter, and 4 cups water to a boil in an ovenproof Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Whisk in grits; bring mixture to a boil, whisking occasionally. Cover and bake 45 minutes or until grits are creamy, whisking every 15 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, melt 1 Tbsp. butter in a large skillet over medium heat; add 4 garlic cloves and 3 shallots, and sauté 3 1/2 minutes or until shallots are translucent. Add wine, stirring to loosen particles from bottom of skillet. Cook, stirring often, 4 minutes or until liquid is reduced by two-thirds; fold into hot cooked grits. Stir in cheese and next 3 ingredients.

3. Prepare Shrimp Sauce: Peel shrimp; devein, if desired. Sprinkle shrimp with 1/8 tsp. each salt and pepper.

4. Cook shrimp, in 2 batches, in 2 Tbsp. hot oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat 2 minutes on each side or just until shrimp turn pink. Remove shrimp from skillet.

5. Sauté 3 garlic cloves and 1 Tbsp. minced shallots in remaining 2 Tbsp. hot oil in skillet over medium-high heat 1 minute. Add tomatoes and next 4 ingredients. Cook, stirring often, 5 to 7 minutes or until tomatoes begin to break apart. Remove from heat. Stir in shrimp and 3 Tbsp. butter. Serve with chives.

Note:

Wesley True,

True Midtown Kitchen, Mobile, Alabama,

January 2012