Magnolia's Spicy Shrimp, Sausage and
Tasso Gravy over Creamy White Grits
Creamy White Grits
12 cups chicken broth
4 1/2 cups coarse stone-ground white grits
1 cup heavy cream
Salt and white pepper to taste
4 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup sliced Tasso, cut in 1-inch strips
1/2 cup flour
4 cups chicken broth
2 tablespoon finely chopped parsley
Salt and white pepper to taste
Shrimp and Sausage
1/2 pound spicy Italian sausage (3/4 pound of raw)
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 pounds medium or large peeled and deveined shrimp
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 recipe Tasso Gravy
2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
Creamy White Grits: Bring the chicken broth to a boil in a heavy-bottomed stockpot
or large saucepan. Slowly pour in the grits, stirring constantly. Reduce the heat
to low and continue to stir so that the grits do not settle to the bottom and scorch.
In about 5 minutes, the grits will plump up and become a thick mass.
Continue to cook the grits for about 20-25 minutes, stirring frequently. The
grits should have absorbed all of the chicken stock and become soft. Stir in heavy
cream and cook for another 10 minutes, stirring frequently. The grits should have
a thick consistency and be creamy like oatmeal. Season to taste with salt and white
pepper. Keep warm over low heat until ready to serve. If the grits become too thick,
add warm chicken broth or water to thin them down.
Tasso Gravy: Melt the butter in a heavy-bottomed saucepan over low heat. Add
the Tasso. Sauté for 1 minute, browning slightly. Make a roux by adding the flour
and stirring until well combined. Continue to cook over low heat for 5 minutes,
stirring frequently until the roux develops a nutty aroma. Turn the heat up to medium
and gradually add 2 cups of the chicken broth, stirring vigorously. Keep stirring
constantly until the broth thickens into gravy. Reduce the heat and simmer over
low heat for 15 minutes to cook out the starchy flavor. Add the parsley. Simmer
for another 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Shrimp and Sausage: Heat oven to 400 degrees F.
To cook Italian sausage: Place the Italian sausage on a baking sheet with raised
sides. Place on the top rack of the 400 degree F oven and bake for 10 to 15 minutes
or until the sausage is firm and its juices run clear. Cool and cut into small bite-size
Heat the olive oil in a heavy-bottom frying pan over medium heat. Add the precooked
sausage and sauté for 2 minutes to brown slightly. Add the shrimp and sauté until
they begin to turn pink-no longer than 1 minute. Add 1 cup of the chicken broth
to deglaze the pan. Add the Tasso Gravy and one tablespoon of the parsley. Bring
up to a boil and let simmer for 1 minute. The last 1/2 cup of chicken stock is to
be used to thin the gravy if needed.
Divide the hot grits between 8 warm bowls. Spoon the shrimp, sausage mixture
over the grits. Sprinkle with the remaining tablespoon of parsley and serve immediately.
If using large shrimp, allow 6 per person; for medium sized shrimp, 8 to
Source: magnolias-blossom.com - Magnolia's, Charleston, South Carolina