Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Crook's Corner Shrimp and Grits

Shrimp and Grits is a Crook's Corner classic. The late Bill Neal influenced chefs across the South, and diners still enjoy this recipe at this landmark restaurant in Chapel Hill, NC. This tradition has been carried forward by Bill Smith. A lot of ingredients and steps, but quick, simpler than it looks, and worth the effort. Adapted from Southern Living magazine. Our recipe reverses from the traditional way of making grits. They come out lump-free.

Cheese Grits
2 c water
2 c chicken stock
3/4 c half-and-half
3/4 t salt
1 c white or yellow corn grits (not Quick or Instant)
3/4 c shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 c grated Parmesan cheese
2 T butter
1/4 t white pepper
Shrimp Sauce
3 bacon slices
1 lb medium-size saltwater shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/4 t black pepper
1/8 t salt
1/4 c all-purpose flour
1 c sliced mushrooms
1/2 c chopped green onions
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 c chicken stock
2 T fresh lemon juice
3/4 t Louisiana pepper sauce
lemon wedges
Stir the first five ingredients together in a medium saucepan and bring to a fast simmer. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until just thickened. Off heat, stir in final four ingredients, cover, and keep warm.
Cook bacon in a large skillet until crisp; remove bacon, and drain on paper towels, reserving 1 tablespoon drippings in skillet. Crumble bacon, and set aside.
Sprinkle shrimp with pepper and salt; dredge in flour. Sauté mushrooms in hot drippings in skillet 5 minutes or until tender. Add green onions, and sauté 2 minutes. Add shrimp and garlic, and sauté 2 minutes or until shrimp are lightly brown. Stir in chicken broth, lemon juice, and hot sauce, and cook 2 more minutes, stirring to loosen particles from bottom of skillet.
Serve shrimp mixture over hot cheese grits. Top with crumbled bacon; garnish with lemon wedges. Serves 4.