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