Cookbook:Low Country Shrimp and Grits

Low Country Shrimp and Grits
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  1. Fry bacon in a pan until not too crisp; remove and reserve.
  2. Sauté onion and garlic in bacon fat until just softened (about 2–3 minutes).
  3. Lightly season shrimp with salt and add to the pan; sauté until about half-cooked and just turning pink. Remove and reserve with the bacon.
  4. Deglaze pan with sherry.
  5. Add 1 cup (250 ml) cream, bring to boil, and reduce.
  6. Add 1 cup shrimp stock, bring to a high simmer, and reduce. The liquid should thicken; if necessary, add floured butter at this point (beurre manié).
  7. Season sauce with salt, pepper, chili flakes, cayenne, and paprika
  8. Add bacon and shrimp to the sauce, and cook gently until shrimp are just done.
  9. Add lime juice.
  10. Serve over grits, and garnish with scallions.

Notes, tips, and variations

  • Make the shrimp stock with shrimp peels and parts, dried shrimp flakes, mirepoix, and peppercorns.
  • The scallions can be replaced with minced chives.