Shrimp and Grits

Shrimp and Grits

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Ingredients

  • For the shrimp:
  • 2 lb large raw shrimp, peeled and de-veined
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp Cajun seasoning
  • 3 tsp paprika
  • 3 tsp Italian seasoning
  • black pepper to taste
  • For the grits:
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup quick-cooking grits
  • 6 tsp tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • For the sauce:
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • 4 tsp flour
  • 4 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 tsp hot sauce
  • 1 cup diced pancetta
  • 2 chopped green onions
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley, plus extra for garnish

Directions

First, prepare the shrimp:
Combine in a small bowl the shrimp tossed in the olive oil, Cajun seasoning, paprika, Italian seasoning, and the pepper. Toss again until the shrimp are well coated. Set aside.

Next, make the grits:
Add the chicken broth and 1 tablespoon butter into a heavy saucepan. Bring the mixture to a full boil. Slowly add in the grits, and whisk constantly, cooking over medium-low heat for 5 minutes. Add the tomato paste, the cream, and the cheddar cheese. Continue to cook and whisk for 2-3 more minutes, until grits become very creamy and thick. Cover and set aside.

Now, cook the shrimp and pancetta:
In a large skillet, melt 1 tablespoon of butter over medium heat. Add the pancetta and cook until almost crispy, about five minutes. Add the green onions and cook a minute minute more until they wilt. Pour in the spiced shrimp and sear for about 2-3 minutes, or until they are just done. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for about 30 seconds. Remove the shrimp from the pan to a clean bowl and set aside.

Finish the sauce:
Return the pan to the stove. Add the flour to the drippings, stirring to make a roux. Cook the roux for 10 minutes until medium tan in color. Slowly whisk in the chicken stock and the cream. Cook for 2 minutes, and then add the Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce, and lemon juice. Add fresh parsley at the end.

Assemble the dish:
To serve, place the shrimp on a bed of the hot grits, and top with the sauce. Garnish with additional fresh parsley.