Comfort food is all I want lately. Shrimps and Grits are just that for me. Creamy soft grits with a medley of soft vegetables over it. Tender shrimps with a perfect sauce to go along. Here is my creation.
I had some vegetables in my crisper, and I wanted to enjoy them before it would be too late.
A couple of personal notes about this recipe: I did not use salt with the grits because the Parmesan cheese is a bit salty in itself, and adding salt would make it too saltier. Make sure you let the butter melt with the grits before adding the parmesan cheese. If the grits become too thick and lose the velvety, creamy feeling, add a bit of more milk.
FOR THE GRITS
1 cup water
1 cup whole milk
1/2 cup Albers quick grits
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese finely grated
2 tablespoons butter
FOR THE SHRIMPS
16 large shrimps
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup celery diced small
1 cup finely chopped leeks
1 tablespoon garlic clove, finely chopped
1 teaspoon fresh thyme
1 1/2 cup sodium-free chicken stock
1 cup green tomato, diced small
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes halved
1 tablespoon finely chopped green onion
3 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
Dash or tabasco
1 Heat 1 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet. Add the leeks, celery, and garlic over medium to low heat, cover and let them sweat until tender and translucent, about 10 minutes. Add the chicken stock and reduce to 1/3 or until the sauce is thick, about 8 to 10 minutes.
2 Meanwhile, start the grits by adding water and the milk in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and add the grits in a steady slow stream while whisking. Cover and lower the heat and cook for 5 minutes stirring occasionally to make sure no lumps are formed. Once the grits are done, they should be creamy and velvety add the butter and whisk until it is all melted. Add the parmesan cheese, whisk well. Cover and keep warm.
3 Add the shrimps, tomatoes -green and cherry, butter, a dash of tabasco and a dash to Worcestershire and half of the green onions to the skillet with the leeks and celery sauce. Gently mix until the shrimps turn pink and are done.
4 Divide the grits evenly among 4 bowls. Spoon over the vegetables first then the shrimps. Lastly, ladle the sauce around the shrimps over the grits. Garnish with scallions and parsley.