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Monday, May 25, 2015

Recipe Review from 5/18/15

There will be separate posts for chicken/coop update and remodel updates.  Easier that way. 

Meanwhile, life continues at our temporary living quarters.  This week I managed to make one new recipe that was very well received.

Low Country Shrimp and Grits (Ckng Lght May 2015)  gluten free
This came together in about 30 minutes - recipe said 24 so it was close enough.  I did so a couple of modifications:  I used regular polenta/grits and started them first.  I set aside and kept warm while finishing the rest.   I don't drink tomato juice, but I did have some tomato sauce in the freezer from a different dish so I substituted that.  It made for a some what thicker, tomato-y sauce, which was fine with me.  Honestly, ketchup would also work fine, but expect a sweeter taste and skip the sugar.  This made enough for four adults.   Recommended.

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4 center-cut bacon slices, chopped 
1/2 cup chopped onion 
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
8 ounces cremini mushrooms, quartered
5 garlic cloves, chopped
3 1/4 cups unsalted chicken stock, divided
3/4 cup black coffee
1/2 cup lower-sodium tomato juice (I used 1/2 cup of tomato sauce)
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
2 tablespoons cornstarch  
1 pound peeled and deveined medium shrimp 
2 cups whole milk
1 cup uncooked quick-cooking grits (I used regular grits and started ahead of time)
1/2 cup chopped seeded tomato 
2 green onions, chopped 

1. Cook bacon over medium-high heat until crisp.  [Heat oil of choice over med-high heat] Add onion, thyme, mushrooms, and garlic; sauté 6 minutes or until onions and mushrooms are golden brown. Add 1 1/4 cups chicken stock, coffee, next 4 ingredients (through red pepper), and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer 4 minutes. Add cornstarch, stirring with a whisk until smooth. Add shrimp; simmer 4 minutes or until shrimp are done.

2. Bring remaining 2 cups stock, remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt, and milk to a boil in a medium saucepan; add grits, stirring with a whisk. Reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes, stirring frequently with a whisk.  I cooked my grits according to directions on package, adding 1 tbsp of butter and about a 1/4 cup of grated asiago cheese. 

3. Place 1/2 cup grits in each of 4 shallow bowls; top each serving with 1 cup shrimp mixture. Sprinkle each serving with 2 tablespoons tomato and about 1 tablespoon green onions.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This sounds wonderful! We LOVE shrimp and grits.

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