Southern Style Shrimp and Grits

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  • Sunday, 27 September 2015 00:00
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Ingredients: Fresh Gulf Shrimp (2 lbs, cleaned, peeled, and de-veined)
Thick Cut Bacon (2 lbs)
Black Pepper (for seasoning bacon if desired)
Chicken Broth (3 1/2 cups)
Cream (1 cup)
Grits (Stone Ground Corn Grits, 1 1/2 cups)
Olive Oil
BBQ Shrimp Seasoning
Minced Garlic (1 1/2 tablespoons)
Sliced Mushrooms (3 cups)
White Wine (3 tablespoons)
Lemon Juice (3 tablespoons)
Tabasco Sauce (1 teaspoon)
Zatarain's Crab Boil (1/4 of bottle cap)
Paprika (1 tablespoon)
Green Onions (2 bunches, diced)
Butter (5 tablespoons)
Cayenne Pepper (1 teaspoon)
Milk (1/4 cup)
White Cheddar Cheese (1 cup)
Parmesan Cheese (3/4 cup)

Recipe: Clean, peel, and de-vein 2 pounds of fresh gulf shrimp.
Prepare bacon for cooking by placing on cooking rack on top of cookie sheet. Season with pepper if desired.
Pre-heat oven to 375F.
Cook 2 lbs bacon until brown and crispy. Set aside and save the grease drippings.
Dice bacon into small pieces.
In medium saucepan, place chicken broth (3 1/2 cups) and cream (1 cup), and cook until boiling.
Once boiling, add grits (1 1/2 cups), salt (1 tsp), and pepper (1 tsp) and reduce heat.
Cook grits for time specified on package, cover, and set aside.
In large skillet, place 2 tablespoons of leftover bacon grease and 2 tablespoons olive oil and heat on medium heat.
Add home made diced bacon bits to skillet and cook for 2-3 minutes.
Then add peeled shrimp to bacon in pan, season with BBQ shrimp seasoning, and cook 2-3 minutes.
Add minced garlic (1 1/2 tbsp) and sliced mushrooms (3 cups).
Mix 3 tbsp white wine with 3 tbsp lemon juice and add to shrimp and mushrooms in skillet.
Add tabasco sauce (1 teaspoon), Zatarain's Crab Boil (1/4 of the bottle's cap), paprika (1 tbsp), and green onions (2 bunches, diced), stirring all ingredients in thoroughly.
Turn heat to low and continue cooking 2-3 more minutes.
Turn off heat and set aside.
Return grits to stove on low heat and stir.
Add 5 tablespoons butter to the grits, stir in until melted.
Then add cayenne pepper (1 teaspoon), paprika (1 1/4 tablespoons), and milk (1/4 cup), stirring thoroughly.
Next add white cheddar cheese (1 cup) and parmesan cheese (3/4 cup), mixing in thoroughly.
Remove grits from heat.
Place grits in bowl with shrimp and mushrooms overtop, garnishing with fresh chopped green onions and bacon bits.
Serve and enjoy!!