Old Charleston Style Shrimp and Grits Recipe

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Old Charleston Style Shrimp and Grits
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  1. Bring water, grits, and salt to a boil in a heavy saucepan with a lid. Stir in half-and-half and simmer until grits are thickened and tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Set aside and keep warm.
  2. Sprinkle shrimp with salt and cayenne pepper; drizzle with lemon juice. Set aside in a bowl.
  3. Place andouille sausage slices in a large skillet over medium heat; fry sausage until browned, 5 to 8 minutes. Remove skillet from heat.
  4. Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Retain bacon drippings in skillet. Transfer bacon slices to paper towels, let cool, and crumble.
  5. Cook and stir green, red, and yellow bell peppers, onion, and garlic in the bacon drippings until the onion is translucent, about 8 minutes.
  6. Stir shrimp and cooked vegetables into the andouille sausage and mix to combine.
  7. 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, 8 to 10 minutes. Watch carefully, mixture burns easily.
  8. Pour the butter-flour mixture into the 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, about 8 minutes.
  9. Just before serving, mix sharp Cheddar cheese into grits until melted and grits are creamy and light yellow. Serve shrimp mixture over cheese grits.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 864.28 Kcal (3619 kJ)
Calories from fat 514.73 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 57.19g 88%
Cholesterol 171.41mg 57%
Sodium 2577.54mg 107%
Potassium 370.34mg 8%
Total Carbs 60.22g 20%
Sugars 3.66g 15%
Dietary Fiber 3.41g 14%
Protein 28.66g 57%
Vitamin C 55mg 92%
Vitamin A 1.5mg 49%
Iron 21.4mg 119%
Calcium 231.8mg 23%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 168.43 Kcal (705 kJ)
Calories from fat 100.31 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11.15g 88%
Cholesterol 33.4mg 57%
Sodium 502.3mg 107%
Potassium 72.17mg 8%
Total Carbs 11.73g 20%
Sugars 0.71g 15%
Dietary Fiber 0.67g 14%
Protein 5.59g 57%
Vitamin C 10.7mg 92%
Vitamin A 0.3mg 49%
Iron 4.2mg 119%
Calcium 45.2mg 23%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Weightwatchers Points

  • 21.4
  • 24

Good Points

  • saturated fat free

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium

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