Monday, August 3, 2009

Skidaway Island Shrimp and Grits

Serves 4.

4 cups chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup stone ground grits, such as Bob's Red Mill brand.

Shrimp Topping
1 1/2 links(about 8 ounces) andouille sausage, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
4 ounces smoked ham, chopped
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 tablespoons mild tomato salsa
1/4 teaspoon minced garlic

To Garnish
1/2 cup sliced green onions
Pinch of Southwest seasoning, purchased or recipe below

Make Grits
Bring chicken broth, salt and butter to a boil in a heavy saucepan. Whisk in grits and simmer on low, covered, stirring frequently, until grits have thickened, about one hour. Stir in cream and remove from heat.

Make Topping

Cook andouille and ham in 1/2 tablespoon butter in a heavy skillet over medium heat, stirring until ham is golden, about 3 minutes. Transfer to plate with slotted spoon. Add 1/2 tablespoon butter to skillet and heat. Add 1 tablespoon butter to skillet and cook shrimp, turning until cooked through, about 3 minutes. Stir in sausage, ham and 2 tablespoons salsa. Cook, scraping up brown bits, until heated through. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

To Serve

Divide grits among 4 bowls, top with shrimp mixture. Garnish with sliced green onion and a pinch of Southwest seasoning.

Southwest Seasoning

Makes 1/2 cup.
2 tablespoons ancho chili powder
1/2 teaspoon chipotle chile powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 tablespoons paprika
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Combine all ingredients thoroughly.

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