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Cheesy Shrimp And Grits

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Cheesy Shrimp And Grits

Peel and devein 1 lb. of large raw shrimp.
Coat with 1 tsp. Old Bay Seasoning (set aside)

Make a shrimp stock with the shells and some seafood stock
simmer for 5 minutes then remove the shells…

In a large cast iron frying pan cook 3 strips of diced bacon
until crisp… remove the bacon and leave the bacon grease.
Add 1/8 stick of butter and 2 tbsp. flour and whisk on medium
heat for 5 minutes.

Add 1 cup of diced sweet onions, 1 cup of diced bell peppers,
and 1/2 cup diced celery, cook for 3 to 5 minutes then add 1 cup
of seafood stock. add 4 drops of balsamic and 4 drops of that
Worcestershire sauce. Simmer for 3 minutes then add 1/4 cup half and half along with a pinch of salt and 2 to 3 pinches of black pepper.

Now add 1/2 tsp. capers and another 1/8 stick of butter, 3 spigs
of rosemary and 3 slices of lemons Simmer for 3 to 5 minutes then
remove the rosemary and lemon slices. Now add 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. Kitchen Bouquet stir it all together then turn off the heat… don’t add the shrimp just yet!

Make your gits… In a sauce pan put 1 cup of water, 1/2 cup of
half and half, and 1/2 cup of seafood stock. (2 cups of liquid)
Add a pinch of salt and 2 pinches of black pepper.
Add 1/4 stick of butter and bring to a boil.

Slowly add 1 cup of instant cheesy grits and stir 1 minute on medium heat then add 1/2 cup shredded mild cheddar cheese.
Stir for 1 minute…

Turn off heat and move back over to your frying pan… at this
time just before you add your shrimp add 1 tbsp. minced garlic.

Now on medium high heat add your shrimp.
Cook for no more then 5 minutes and pour your Shrimp mixture
over a bowl of those cheesy grits. Garnish with that crumbled bacon and some sliced green onion stems!