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Shrimp and Grits

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I know what your thinking........no way these two go together!! Being from South Carolina but from the upstate I had never heard of shrimp & grits until I moved to Charleston. When I tried it I fell in love with it....now I make my own version which is below. Can't locate my recipe book right now, plus I'm tired ..... getting old you understand. If you have a shrimp & grits recipe you want to share go ahead; nothing wrong with having different versions....

1 1/4 cups stone ground grits
3 1/2 cups whole milk ( I will split this with cream)
3 1/4 cups water
1 1/2 tsp salt
4 tbl butter
1/2 lb shredded gouda cheese, not the smoked kind
How to cook the grits:
In a gallon stock pot , combine milk, water, salt, pepper and butter. Bring to a low boil over medium high heat. Add grits and stir well into the liquid. reduce heat to medium-low and cover. Cook 12-14 minutes stirring occasionally unjtil thickened. Remove from heat and blend in cheese. Adjust seasonings. If grits get to thick I will take some of the shrimp stock and thin it just a bit.

now for the shrimp:

2 dz 21-25 cnt shrimp, peel and deveined
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup ea red, yellow and green bell pepper, finely diced
1/4 cup onion finely diced
1/2 cup celery finely diced
1 tbl garlic minced ( I add about twice that much)
1/2 cup andouille sausage minced
1/4 cup flour
4 cups shrimp stock, made from the shells in water boiled
1/2 cup cream
1/4 cup green onions sliced
salt and pepper to taste

How to fix the shrimp:

In a large saute pan, heat butter over medium high heat. Add all vegetables and andouiille. Saute 3-5 minutes stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Add shrimp stock one cup at a time stirring until mixture achieves a sauce-like consistency. Continue adding as much stock as necessary. Add cream, blend well and bring to a low boil. Add green onions and shrimp andcook until shrimp curl and trun pink, 3-5 minutes. Season to taste using salt and pepper. Serve a generous portion of sauce and some shrimp over each portion of grits.
post #2 of 8
Sounds interesting................very interestingicon_eek.gif
post #3 of 8
Can't wait to see it - i have lots of shrimp and lots of grits...
post #4 of 8
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I just edited the post to include the recipe....I found my book.
post #5 of 8
I love shrimp, and I love grits. Will you cuss me if I want to drown it in gravy? I don't eat grits without gravy. But what kind of gravy works with shrimp? icon_rolleyes.gif Terry
post #6 of 8
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when you cook the shrimp you are sort of making the gravy.
post #7 of 8
I thank you sir, I just bought some shrimp today, so I will try your recipe tommorrow. smile.gif Terry
post #8 of 8
You have not lived until you have tried shrimp and grits, though i have never made it my self believe me its awesome. The only reason bubba never mentioned it in forest Gump is because he wanted to keep it for him self.

Another Carolina classic that i would love a recipe for is Fried grits, place down the road serves it with ham gravy
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