Old Charleston Style Shrimp and Grits

Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients
  • 1 c. coarsely ground grits
  • 3 c. water
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 2 c. half-and-half
  • 2 pounds uncooked shrimp, peeled and deveined 
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 1 pound andouille sausages, cut into 1/4 inch slices
  • 5 slices of bacon
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 c. chopped onion
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1/4 c. butter
  • 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 c. chicken broth
  • 1 Tbsp. Worchestershire sauce
  • 1 c. shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
Directions
  1. Bring water, grits, and salt to a boil in a heavy saucepan with lid. Stir in half-and-half and simmer until grits are thickened and tender, 15-20 minutes. Set aside and keep warm.
  2. Sprinkle shrimp with salt and cayenne pepper; drizzle with lemon juice. Set aside in bowl.
  3. Place andouille sausage slices in a large skillet over medium heat; fry sausage until browned, 5 to 8 minutes. Remove skillet from heat.
  4. Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat, turning occasionally until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Retain bacon drippings in skillet. Transfer bacon slices to paper towels, let cool and crumble.
  5. Cook and stir green, red and yellow bell peppers, onion and garlic in the bacon drippings until the onion is translucent, about 8 minutes.
  6. Stir shrimp and cooked vegetables into the andouille sausage and mix to combine.
  7. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat; stir in flour to make a smooth paste. Turn heat to low and cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture is medium brown in color, 8 to 10 minutes. Watch carefully, mixture burns easily.
  8. Pour the butter-flour mixture into the skillet with andouille sausage, shrimp, and vegetables. Place the skillet over medium heat and pour chicken broth, bacon and Worcestershire sauce, cooking and stirring until the sauce thickens and the shrimp become opaque and bright pink, about 8 minutes.
  9. Just before serving, mix sharp Cheddar cheese into grits until melted and grits are creamy and light yellow, serve shrimp mixture over cheese grits.
This week’s recipe comes from allrecipes.com.
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