01 February 2010

Super Bowl Food: Jumbo Shrimp and Gouda Grits

From Denny: The New Orleans Saints are going to the Super Bowl! What a great honor for Louisiana where everyone is ecstatic.

In the South we make grits for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Winter time is the perfect time for grits and we dress them up with melted cheese, sauteed shrimp, andouille sausage, peppers and onions poured on top. Is your mouth watering yet? Enjoy this hearty meal any time of the day. It's especially easy to make for gatherings like the Super Bowl. This is a meal you can multiply for however many guests you want to serve.

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Jumbo shrimp and very gouda grits

Chef Geoff Tracy

Serves: Dinner for two plus leftovers


Jumbo shrimp

• 2 tablespoon canola oil
• 12 each jumbo shrimp, (under 12 per pound), peeled and deveined
• 1 cup andouille sausage, small dice (approx 3-4 ounces)
• 1 cup red onion, cut into thin strips
• 1 cup red pepper, cut into thin strips
• 1 cup yellow pepper, cut into thin strips
• 1 cup grape tomatoes, cut in half
• 2 tablespoons parsley, chopped
• 4 ounces white wine
• 2 ounce butter, unsalted, cut in cubes
• 2 cups very gouda grits (see recipe below)
• As needed salt and pepper

Very gouda grits

• 10 ounces whole milk (1 1/4 cups)
• 1/4 cup quick cooking grits (Denny likes Quaker Quick Grits brand)
• 1/2 cup gouda cheese – grated
• 1 tablespoon butter
• As needed salt and pepper


Jumbo shrimp

Pat the shrimp dry with a paper towel and season with salt and pepper.

Heat canola in sauté pan (a 12” cast iron skillet or non stick pan is ideal) on medium high and add shrimp, sausage, and onion. Cook approximately 1 minute and add the pepper. Cook 2-3 minutes.

Add tomatoes and parsley. Cook until shrimp is 75% cooked through. Add white wine and bring to a boil. Reduce wine by about half and fold in butter. Season as desired with salt and pepper. Serve in a hot bowl over very gouda grits.

Very gouda grits

In a 4 quart pan bring the milk to a simmer over medium high heat. Add the grits and bring back to a simmer. Whisk off and on for 5 minutes. Add cheese and butter and cook for another minute while whisking. Season as desired.

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