Mmmm..... shrimp. One of my favorite things in this world. One of my not so favorite things as a newly southern transplant was grits. Picture the diner scene from My Cousin Vinny "what's a grit?". That was me 100%. Grits! Bleh! I've since changed my hellish ways and realized, much like most things, if you load them with salt and cheese they're delicious.
Cut to a few years later when I marry a man who LOVES shrimp and grits. Orders them at every restaurant where they are on the menu. Pretty much an S&G connoisseur. So when I decided to make my own I was met with hesitation and then the obligatory "Sounds good babe". I created the recipe from a few recipes I've tried in restaurants and what I knew would be a hit with the hubs. The end result was spicy and cheesy and amazing! I strutted out of that kitchen like George Jefferson.
Shrimp And Grits With Chorizo Gravy
12oz of peeled and deveined shrimp (Most times I use frozen from Walmart but fresh is always best. Be sure to thaw if using frozen.)
10oz of pork chorizo
2 Tbsp of butter
2 Tbsp of flour
14.5oz can of chicken broth
Quick grits (follow directions on package)
8oz bag of shredded cheddar
2-3 green onions
Bacon or Real bacon bits (not the fake stuff)
Prepare grits according to package. Add half of the cheddar cheese and salt to taste. Set aside. In large sautee pan, sautee chorizo on med-high heat until fully cooked. Once fully cooked place in a mixing bowl and set aside. Add shrimp to pan cooking until just done. Be sure not to overcook. Add cooked shrimp to bowl with chorizo. Add butter to pan. Once melted add flour and whisk until combined. Continue to cook for 2-3 minutes stirring constantly. Flour and butter (roux) will brown slightly. Add chicken broth and continue to stir until bubbly and thick. Once thickened, reduce heat to low and add chorizo and shrimp.
** Recipe can be easily doubled. I always add more cheese to my grits.**
To plate, place desired amount of grits and top with shrimp and chorizo gravy. Top with chopped green onions, bacon and cheddar cheese.