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Low-country Shrimp and Grits

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Although this dish was traditionally served for breakfast to shrimpers coming into shore after long weeks out at sea, it's one of my favorite comfort foods for dinners. Look for applewood-smoked bacon, or ask your butcher to cut your bacon extra thick.
Course Mains & Entrees
Cuisine American
Keyword bacon, comfort food, shrimp, shrimp and grits
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Servings 4 servings
Calories 467
Author Laurie McNamara

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup stone-ground grits dry
  • 12 slices bacon preferably applewood smoked
  • 2 tablespoons diced leeks
  • ½ onion chopped
  • 1 green pepper diced
  • pounds shrimp peeled and deveined (16/20)
  • ¼ cup white wine
  • 2 cups half & half see notes
  • kosher salt to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 green onions chopped, for garnish
  • hot sauce

Instructions

  • Cook the grits according to package directions. Remove from heat but keep covered on the stove while you prepare other ingredients.
  • In a cast-iron skillet over medium heat, fry the bacon. When bacon is crispy, remove from skillet and crumble onto a small plate. Add leeks, onion, and green pepper to the hot bacon grease and cook over medium high heat until soft and translucent. Add shrimp and saute for about a minute or so, until they turn pink (be careful not to overcook!).
  • Remove shrimp from skillet. Add white wine to deglaze, then stir in half-and­ half and bring mixture to a simmer. Continue to simmer sauce until it starts to thicken, about 2 minutes. Add shrimp to sauce and season with salt and pepper.
  • Divide cooked grits among four bowls. Ladle shrimp and sauce over grits. Sprinkle with chopped green onions to garnish and serve with plenty of hot sauce.

Notes

Reprinted with permission from White Jacket Required: A Culinary Coming-of-Age Story © 2012 by Jenna Weber, Sterling Epicure, an imprint of Sterling Publishing Co., Inc.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 467kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 321mg | Sodium: 261mg | Potassium: 759mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 784IU | Vitamin C: 28mg | Calcium: 253mg | Iron: 2mg