Best Way to eat Grits

creole shrimp and gritsCreole Shrimp & Grits

ingredients
  • 1/4 pound Smoked Bacon (chopped)
  • 1 1/2 pound Extra Large Domestic Shrimp (peeled & deveined)
  • 2 tablespoons Creole Seasoning
  • 2 Garlic Cloves (thinly sliced)
  • 1/4 cup Chicken Stock
  • 1/2 cup Tomato Puree
  • Salt
  • Chives (to garnish)
  • Hot Sauce (to garnish)
  • Grits
  • 2 cups Stone Ground Yellow Grits
  • 1/2 cup Freshly Grated Aged White Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/4 cup Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • Salt

Directions

1/4 pound Smoked Bacon (chopped)….In a large saut√© pan, cook Bacon over low to render fat. Cook until crispy then remove Bacon with a slotted spoon.
With Bacon Fat in the pan, increase heat to medium-high
2 tablespoons Creole Seasoning
1 1/2 pound Extra Large Domestic Shrimp (peeled & deveined)…Sprinkle the Creole Seasoning on both sides of the Shrimp. Add to the hot pan and cook for 1-2 minutes per side until opaque but not tough. Remove shrimp to a plate.
2 Garlic Cloves (thinly sliced)
1/4 cup Chicken Stock
1/2 cup Tomato Puree
Salt.…Add the Garlic and deglaze pan with Chicken Stock. Reduce heat to medium-low and stir in the Tomato Puree. Cook for 5 minutes or until thickened. Adjust seasoning to taste.
Return Shrimp to the pan with sauce and toss to coat.
Cooked Grits
Chives (to garnish)
Hot Sauce (to garnish)….Plate Shrimp and sauce over Grits. Garnish with chopped Chives, Bacon and Hot Sauce.
 2 cups Stone Ground Yellow Grits
1/2 cup Freshly Grated Aged White Cheddar Cheese
1/4 cup Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese
Salt….For Grits: Cook grits according to package instructions. Stir in Cheeses and adjust seasoning to taste.
Recipe courtesy of:Clinton Kelly from the Chew
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Fat Tuesday

red beans and riceRed Beans and Rice

ingredients
  • 1 pound Red Beans
  • 1 pound smoked sausage; diced (preferably andouille)
  • 1 Smoked Ham Hock
  • Olive Oil
  • Kosher Salt
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 3 ribs Celery; small diced
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper; small diced
  • 1 Clove Garlic; minced
  • 1 Yellow Onion; small diced
  • pinch Cayenne
  • 1/2 teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1 tablespoon picked Fresh Thyme Leaves
  • 10 cups Chicken Stock or Water
  • 2 cups White Rice; for serving
  • finely sliced Scallions; for garnish
  • your favorite Hot Sauce; for garnish

Directions

1 pound Red Beans….Place the Beans in a large stock pot and cover with Water by a few inches. Let them soak for 8 hours or overnight. Drain the beans and set aside

Olive Oil
1 pound smoked sausage; diced
3 ribs Celery; small diced
1 Green Bell Pepper; small diced
1 Clove Garlic; minced
1 Yellow Onion; small diced
Kosher Salt
pinch Cayenne
1/2 teaspoon Smoked Paprika
1 Bay Leaf
1 tablespoon picked Fresh Thyme Leaves
1 Smoked Ham Hock
10 cups Chicken Stock or Water…Place the same stock pot over medium-high heat and add a film of Olive Oil followed by the diced Sausage. Cook, stirring occasionally until the Sausage is browned then remove and set aside. To the same pot, add the Celery, Bell Pepper, Garlic and Onion with a large pinch of Salt. Cook, stirring occasionally until the vegetables start to become tender and aromatic then add the Cayenne, Smoked Paprika, Bay Leaf, Thyme and Ham Hock. Cook for a minute or two, then add the Chicken Stock or Water and Beans. Bring the mixture to a gentle boil then reduce to a simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally for 1.5 hours.

Cooked Sausage… After 1-1.5 hours, add the Sausage back in, stir and cook for another 1-2 hours, until the beans are tender and thickened. If the Beans start to get too thick, add more Water or Stock, 1/2 cup at a time to loosen them up. Add the Rice 20 minutes before serving.

Freshly Ground Black Pepper
Kosher Salt
2 cups White Rice; for serving…Once the Rice has cooked, and the Beans are tender, mash 1/4 of the Beans with the back of a wooden spoon, mixing afterwards. Remove the Ham Hock and Bay Leaf and give the Beans and Rice a taste, checking for seasoning. Add more Salt and Pepper if needed.

finely sliced Scallions; for garnish
your favorite Hot Sauce; for garnish…Serve with a few dashes your favorite Hot Sauce and a sprinkle of Scallions

Recipe courtesy of Michael Symon from the Chew