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Texas-Style Shrimp and Cheese Grits

Texas-style Shrimp and Cheese Grits. The savory cheese grits, the bold flavor of the sauce, and the bite of the Gulf shrimp are incomparable.
4.91 from 11 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 25 mins
Total Time 1 hr 35 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Cajun
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

Trinity

  • 1/2 lb. bacon - 1/4-inch dice
  • 3 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1 medium yellow onion - diced
  • 1 large red bell pepper - finely diced
  • 1 poblano - finely diced
  • 2 large stalks of celery - finely diced
  • 1 bunch green onions - finely chopped, dark green parts reserved for garnish
  • 3 cloves garlic - minced
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth

Cheese Grits

Remaining Ingredients

  • 1 lb. jumbo shrimp - shelled, de-veined, and tails removed

Instructions
 

Cooking Your Trinity and Shrimp

  • Preheat a dry pan over medium heat and cook the bacon until the fat is rendered and its crisp. Remove the bacon pieces to a paper-towel-lined plat and set aside.
  • Pour off all but 2 tbsp. of the bacon grease. Turn up the heat to medium-high, add the butter. Once the butter stops foaming, add the onion. Cook it becomes translucent and begins to brown. About 5 minutes. Add 1/4 cup chicken broth and reduce until almost dry, stirring and scraping up any stuck on bits with a wooden spatula.
  • Add the remaining vegetables (excluding the dark green parts of the green onions). Cook, stirring occasionally, until very soft and browned. About 10 minutes. Add 1/4 cup chicken broth and reduce until almost dry, stirring and scraping up any stuck on bits with a wooden spatula.
  • Add the garlic and seasonings and saute an additional minute, stirring constantly.
  • Reduce heat to a simmer, and add the remaining 2 cups chicken broth. Bring to a simmer, then cover and cook, stirring occasionally, for 45 minutes.
  • Uncover and increase the heat to a boil. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the liquid has reduced by 2/3. Add the shrimp and reserved bacon and stir in, then cook until the shrimp just turn pink (they should curl to a "C" shape, not an "O" shape).

Cheese Grits

  • Begin about halfway through cooking your trinity.
  • Bring the broth, milk, and salt to a low boil. Thoroughly whisk in the grits, then lower the heat and bring to a simmer. Cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes, thoroughly whisking every 5 minutes. When whisking, work to make sure that any grits that have settled on the bottom are broken up and whisked back into the liquid.
  • Stir in the cheese and keep warm until ready to serve.
  • To serve, add a generous helping of grits to the bottom of a bowl, top with trinity and shrimp, then garnish with the reserved green onions.
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