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Recipe of the month – Shrimp & Grits

Shrimp & Grits is a dish traditionally served for breakfast but we think it tastes perfect at any time of the day! Originating from coastal areas including Louisiana, Carolina and Mississippi, this is a true soul food classic.Grits can be found in the World Food Aisles of larger supermarkets or in many World Food independent stores. If you’re having trouble sourcing the grits, polenta can be substituted.This recipe has been rounded to down to serve two, we usually cook enough to serve ten at a time so just double/triple/increase the recipe to suit however many mouths you are feeding!

You will need ­

(For two people)

  • Shrimp ­ 16 (8 each)
  • Grits ­ 200g
  • Veg Oil ­ Tablespoon
  • Bacon (crispy & crumbled) ­ 40g Fennel (finely sliced) ­ 40g
  • Spanish Onion ­ 1 small
  • Thyme (finely chopped) ­
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic (finely chopped) ­
  • 1 clove Gruyere Cheese (grated) ­
  • 20g Parsley (finely chopped) ­
  • 1 teaspoon Chicken stock ­ 300ml
  • Milk (to combine) ­ 200ml
  • Double cream ­ 100ml
  • Butter (cubed) ­ 50g
  • White Wine ­ 20ml
  • Lime Juice (fresh) 20ml
  • Salt and Pepper to taste.


  • ­  In a large pan, saute the onion in a tablespoon of oil until translucent, add the garlic & thyme, cook for a further minute, add the white wine and cook for another 30 seconds or so.
  • ­  Pour over 200ml of the chicken stock, add the milk and the cream then bring to the boil.
  • ­  Reduce the heat and stir in the grits.
  • ­  Cook to packet instructions/roughly 30 mins (40 mins if increasing the recipe)
  • ­  Stir continuously, making sure not to let it catch in the pan the finish with the butter, gruyere and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • ­  In a separate pan, saute the prawns, bacon and fennel, add remainder of stock and lime juice then cook for 2­ 3 minutes, season and finish with the parsley.
  • ­  To serve, spoon grits into bowls, top with the prawns & bacon (allow at least 8 prawns per portion) then ladle over the stock.

    Find yourself a sunny porch to sit on (or a table) eat and enjoy!

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