10 March 2011

Thursday Recipe

For those of you who don't know, I am a practicing Catholic. As of yesterday we have entered the Lenten season, which for me means many things, one of which is I don't eat meat on Fridays. I'm not a huge meat eater to begin with, but this gives me an opportunity to look for new seafood recipes. Here is one from Paula Deen for Shrimp and Grits. I'm not normally a grits girl, but it provides such great texture with the shrimp. It's a great combination.


  • 2 servings cooked grits
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup diced tasso ham*
  • 2 tablespoons diced leeks
  • 2 tablespoons diced onion
  • 2 tablespoons diced green peppers
  • 20 medium to large shrimp, peeled and de-veined, with tails on
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons white wine
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • Salt and pepper
  • Green onion tops, chopped
  • *Cook's Note: Tasso is a Cajun ham and is often hard to find outside of Louisiana, but you can find it at some specialty gourmet shops or by mail order. If not, you can substitute salt pork, pancetta, or prosciutto, but you will have to beef up your seasonings, as tasso is very flavorful.


Cook grits according to package directions; set aside and keep warm.

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add tasso and saute until crisp. Add diced vegetables and saute until onions are translucent. Add shrimp and saute for 30 to 45 seconds, or until pink. Remove from the pan and set aside. Deglaze the pan with a little white wine. Slowly add the cream and let reduce until thickened. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Divide grits among 2 serving plates. Line plate edges with shrimp (10 shrimp per serving). Pour sauce over grits. Garnish with green onion tops.

For a great wedding idea, use martini glasses to serve shrimp and grits, with the grits on the bottom and shrimp and sauce on top.

**not being in Louisiana, I would substitute prosciutto for tasso

1 comment :

HubbleSpacePaws said...

Mmmmm... my favorite little restaurant near here does some wonderful shrimp'n'grits dishes.

I've never had tasso... now I've got to go looking for it!

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