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Joe Barnett's Shrimp And Cheese Grits

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ready in: 30-60 minutes
serves/makes:   15

recipe id: 115571
cook method: stovetop

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1 1/2 pound (26-30 count size) shrimp
2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon dried Italian seasoning
freshly ground black pepper


2 cups water
2 chicken bouillon cubes
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 cup quick grits
1 tablespoon tomato paste
3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
3 1/2 ounces extra-sharp Cheddar cheese


2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 tablespoon minced garlic
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup chicken stock
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
1 slice sugar-cured country ham


Peel and devein shrimp. In a small bowl, combine Cajun seasoning, paprika, Italian seasoning, and salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle spice mixture over shrimp to coat well; set the shrimp aside.

For Grits: In a medium sauce-pan, bring water, chicken bouillon cubes and butter to a boil. Slowly add grits, whisking often with wire whisk for 5 minutes. Add tomato paste, cream and cheese. Keep whisking for another 2 or 3 minutes until grits become creamy.

For Sauce: In a large saute pan, melt the butter. Add minced garlic and stir for 30 seconds. Add in the spice-coated shrimp, and cook only until they are just done and tender; don't overcook. Remove shrimp from saute pan and set them aside in a bowl.

To the drippings left from the shrimp in the saute pan, add the all-purpose flour and stir with a wooden spatula to make a roux. Cook, stirring, for 10-15 minutes until roux reaches a medium-tan color, then slowly add chicken stock and heavy whipping cream. Whisk together and cook for 2 minutes, then whisk in Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce. Set aside.

In separate saute pan, cook the ham until heated; cut into cubes.

To serve, place a few heaping spoonfuls of steaming cheese grits onto a plate, top with several sizzling shrimp. Drizzle roux sauce over top of the shrimp, and sprinkle on a few cubes of country ham.

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243 calories, 14 grams fat, 17 grams carbohydrates, 14 grams protein per serving.
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Added smoked andouille instead if ham. Also added some crisp bacon and green onions. Out of this world!!!!!

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