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Lowcountry Shrimp and Grits
Michelle Weaver's Charleston Grill Crab Cake + Shrimp & Grits + Deviled Eggs + Hummingbird Cheesecake
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I like to watch people eat this dish as much as I like preparing it. The instant smile that spreads across their faces gets wider and more joyous with each bite.

Technique tip: Use Real stone ground grits, not instant grits.

Swap option: Try using dry sherry instead of Madeira.


  • Grits

    • 2 cups uncooked white coarse-ground grits
    • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
    • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • Shrimp

    • 1 pound unpeeled, medium-size raw shrimp
    • 4 thick slices hickory-smoked bacon, diced
    • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
    • 1 medium Vidalia onion, diced
    • 1/2 poblano pepper, diced
    • 3 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper
    • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
    • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 cup chicken broth
    • 1/4 cup Madeira
    • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
    • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
    • 1 green onion, chopped


For the grits:

Bring 7 cups water to a boil in a 4-quart saucepan over medium-high heat. Slowly whisk in grits; reduce heat to medium, and cook, whisking constantly, 5 minutes. Cover; reduce heat to low, and cook, stirring occasionally, 1 hour or until tender. Fold in cheese and butter.

For the shrimp:

1. Peel shrimp; devein, if desired.

2. Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat, stirring often, 4-5 minutes or until crisp; remove bacon, and drain on paper towels, reserving 2 tablespoons drippings in skillet.

3. Melt butter in skillet with hot drippings. Reduce heat. Add onion, poblano pepper, and garlic, and sauté 2 minutes or until onion is translucent. Add shrimp and cook, stirring often, 1-2 minutes. Add salt and next 2 ingredients; toss to coat.

4. Sprinkle flour over shrimp mixture; toss. Add broth, Madeira and lemon juice. Cook just until shrimp turn pink, stirring to loosen particles from skillet. Stir in bacon and parsley. Serve over grits with green onion.

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