shrimp and andouille with grits

This fast and fabulous version of shrimp and grits features andouille from our favorite New York local sausage maker—Brooklyn Cured.

By: Anna Decker / 08/10/2015

Their andouille is seasoned with pepper, onion and garlic, and gets its kick from a bit of cayenne and celery seed. It marries beautifully with the shrimp in our sumptuous sauce and is served, of course, over some creamy quick cooking grits.

What you'll need: 1/2 cup quick cooking grits 3 oz (1 link) Brooklyn Cured andouille sausage 1 small onion 1 red bell pepper 1 stalk celery 1 clove garlic 1 3/4 teaspoons cajun seasoning 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth 1 1/2 tablespoons butter 12 oz medium shrimp, peeled and deveined olive oil coarse salt

Equipment: small saucepan large skillet

Recipe steps:

  1. Prep ingredients Cut sausage into 1/4 inch thick rounds. Peel and finely chop onion (3/4 cup). Cut pepper in 1/2, remove stem and seeds and finely chop (1 cup). Finely chop celery (1/2 cup). Peel and finely chop garlic.

  2. Cook grits In a small saucepan, bring 2 cups water to a boil. Slowly whisk in the grits and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook, whisking often, until the water is fully absorbed and the grits are soft, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat, cover and set aside.

  3. Brown sausage In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the andouille and cook, turning until browned, about 3 minutes.

  4. Cook vegetables Add the vegetables, garlic, cajun seasoning, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring often, until the vegetables are softened, about 5 minutes.

  5. Make sauce Add chicken stock and butter, simmer until thickened, about 8 minutes.

  6. Add shrimp Stir in shrimp and simmer, stirring occasionally, until just cooked through, 1–2 minutes; season to taste with salt. Rewarm the grits, adding more water to smooth out if necessary. Serve shrimp and andouille stew over the grits. Enjoy!

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