Handsome Hog Shrimp n Grits

Handsome Hog Shrimp n Grits
St Paul, MN

for a single serving

For grits

8oz grits follow package cooking instructions

2oz cream cheese

1oz smoked gouda

1tsp lemon juice

1tsp hot sauce of choice

1T butter

pinch salt

pinch white pepper

For roasted tomatoes

2 Roma tomatoes quartered

1tsp minced garlic

1Tbsp minced shallot

1tsp chopped thyme

1tsp chopped rosemary

2Tbsp olive oil

pinch salt

pinch pepper

Toss all together, lay on sheet pan slowly roast in a 250 degree until tomatoes have lost their moisture about 2 hours

For the braised fennel

1 bulb fennel

2 Tbsp butter

pinch salt

pinch white pepper

water to cover

Julienne fennel leaving the ends attached place in shallow sauté pan and cover with water add butter Salt and pepper and simmer until fennel is al dente remove fennel and cool . reserve broth add shrimp shells and 1 cup additional water slowly simmer for 30 min.

Sautéed vegetables

1/4 sweet Vidalia onion

3 cloves garlic slivered

1/2 roasted pimento pepper

1Tbsp olive oil

julienne onion and peppers, sauté with slivered garlic until soft, no color

3 U10 head on shrimp

For sauce

1Tbsp shrimp fennel stock

1tsp lemon Juice

2Tbsp white wine

1tsp Hot sauce

1Tbsp butter

For garnish

1Tbsp crushed corn nuts

1Tbsp fried parsley

Cook grits with package instructions, at end of cooking add cheese, lemon juice, hot sauce and butter

Heat olive oil in sauté pan add shrimp and sear on one side about 1 minuet, carefully flip shrimp keeping the heads attached, add tomatoes, fennel, onion, garlic and pimentos. deglaze with white wine, fennel stock, and lemon juice, Add hot sauce and mount with butter. reduce to desired consistency. season with salt and pepper.

Place grits on plate spoon vegetables over the top. then place shrimp on top of vegetables. spoon over sauce and garnish with corn nuts and fried parsley.