Serve up a plate of comfort in true southern style with these Charleston Style Shrimp & Grits. No quick grits here! The shrimp is pink and tender, the course grits are creamy and cheesy and the heat from the andouille sausage will warm your belly.
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Back to the recipe. So why is it called Charleston style? For this recipe it's because of the course grits and the addition of andouille sausage to the recipe. This creamy dish also features a colorful blend of sweet bell peppers.
Serve this recipe up on a cold winter's day. It's perfect comfort food.
Be sure to check out my Southern-Inspired Shrimp & Grits recipe for a 30-minute mid-week meal that uses instant grits and leftover Honeybaked ham.
Charleston Style Shrimp & Grits
Serves 4. Total time: 1 hour. Printable Recipe
- 1/2 cup coarse ground grits
- 1.5 cups water
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 cup milk
- A sprinkle of cayenne pepper
- 1 pound raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 1/2 pound smoked andouille sausage, diced
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 medium bell peppers, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 cup onion, chopped
- 1 teaspoon Worchestershire sauce
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
- 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Prepare the grits in a pot over medium heat. Mix the grits, water, salt, cream and milk and simmer until thickened for about 15 to 20 minutes.
Add the olive oil to a large skillet cook the onion, peppers and garlic until the onion is translucent, about 5 to 8 minutes. Stir in the diced andouille sausage and cook for a 5 minutes.
In a small sauce pan melt the butter over low heat. Add the flour to make a roux stirring for five minutes to incorporate. Add the butter flour mixture to the large skillet. Next, add the shrimp, Worcestershire sauce and slowly add in the chicken broth stirring until the sauce thickens and the shrimp turns pink, about 7 minutes.
Add the cheddar cheese to the grits and stir until melted and creamy. Serve the shrimp mixture over the cheese grits.