Sea Island Smothered Shrimp and Creamy Stone Ground Grits

Shrimp Stock

Makes 1/2 Quart

  • 1/8 cup peanut oil
  • 3/4 pound shrimp shells
  • 1 rib celery (coarsely chopped)
  • 1 small carrot (coarsely chopped)
  • 1 small onion (coarsely chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (chopped)
  • 1 quart water
  • 1/8 cup dry white wine
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 sprig parsley
  • 1 sprig thyme
  • 2 each black peppercorns
  • 1 each bay leaf

Heat oil in a stockpot over medium heat. Add shrimp shells and sauté 3 to 4 minutes, stirring until the shells look dry. Add celery, carrots, onions, and garlic, continue to sauté for 2 to 3 minutes. Add water, wine, tomato paste, parsley, thyme, peppercorns, and bay leaf. Bring stock to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 1 hour. Strain the stock through a fine mesh strainer. Return to the heat and boil until reduced to 1/2 quart. Will keep 2 to 3 days refrigerated. Stock can be frozen up to 6 months.

Creamy Grits
Makes 8 Servings

  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup stone-ground yellow grits
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

In a large saucepan bring water to a boil. Add salt and pepper, stir in grits gradually. Simmer 20 to 25 minutes or until all the water has been absorbed, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and stir in the butter then the heavy cream, cover and set aside.

Sea Island Smothered Shrimp
Makes 8 Servings

  • 4 slices slab bacon diced
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 medium vidalia onion diced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 pounds shrimp (medium) peeled and deveined
  • 3 cups shrimp stock
  • 3 tablespoons fresh chives chopped
  • 1/2 cup scallion thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper to taste

Rinse the shrimp and pat dry. Dredge shrimp in flour, shaking off excess. In a large skillet fry the diced slab bacon until brown. Add the Vidalia onions and sauté 2 minutes. Add garlic and paprika; stir and add the shrimp then cook 3 minutes or until shrimp turn pink. Add the shrimp stock and chives; stir and reduce the heat and simmer 10 minutes. Add scallions and cayenne pepper; stir and season to taste with salt and pepper. Spoon the grits into center of a warm soup plate then spoon the smothered shrimp over the grits. Serve immediately.

Recipes developed by
Chef Joseph G. Randall
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Copyright © 9/1/09

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