It’s no secret that one of the things the south is best known for is the delicious food. Whether it’s for family gatherings, tailgating or just another day, the south sure knows how to put a mouthwatering meal on the table. Shrimp & Grits has been a staple in many Lowcountry homes and eateries for years and encompasses everything comfort food should. The best part about this southern delicacy? It’s a simple one to make in your rental home:
- 1 cup coarsely ground grits
- 3 cups water
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 cups half & half
- 1 pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 2 pounds uncooked shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 1 pound andouille sausage, cut into ¼ inch slices
- 5 slices of bacon
- 1 green bell pepper, chopped
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped
- 1 cup, chopped onion
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- ¼ cup butter
- ¼ cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- Bring water, grits and salt to a boil in a saucepan and cover with a lid. Stir in half & half and simmer until grits are thickened and tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Set aside and keep warm.
- Sprinkle shrimp with salt and cayenne pepper and drizzle with lemon juice. Set aside in bowl.
- Place andouille sausage slices in a large skillet over medium heat. Fry sausage for 5-8 minutes, or until browned.
- Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned. Retain bacon drippings in the skillet. Transfer bacon slices to paper towel, cool and crumble.
- Cook and stir green, red and yellow bell peppers, onion and garlic in the bacon drippings until the onion is translucent, 8 minutes.
- Stir shrimp and cooked vegetables into the andouille sausage and mix to combine.
- Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat; stir in flour to make a smooth paste. Turn heat to low and cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture is medium brown in color.
- Pour butter-flour mixture into skillet with andouille sausage, shrimp and vegetables. Place the skillet over medium heat and pour in chicken broth, bacon and Worcestershire sauce, cooking and stirring until the sauce thickens and the shrimp become opaque and bright pink.
- Before serving, mix sharp cheddar cheese into grits until melted and grits are creamy and light yellow.
- Serve shrimp mixture over cheese grits.
If cooking isn’t your thing, don’t worry! There are many restaurants in the Myrtle Beach area that serve a delicious rendition of this southern staple:
For a traditional Shrimp & Grits meal, head to The Shack in North Myrtle Beach. Enjoy tasty shrimp sautéed in butter, wine, green onions, peppers, ham and bacon served on a thick and creamy bed of grits.
Bay Watch Café at Bay Watch Resort
To experience a more gourmet take on the traditional Shrimp & Grits dish, visit Bay Watch Café in Myrtle Beach. This meal consists of silky smooth grits, rich cheese flavors, shrimp and smoked andouille sausage with a homemade creole sauce.
Tupelo Honey Café
For a unique Shrimp & Grits experience, Tupelo Honey Café is the place to go. Tupelo uses sustainable, wild-caught gulf shrimp, Peperonata and Adluh goat cheese grits to create a delicious Shrimp & Grits combination that will leave you licking the plate clean.
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