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Paula's Shrimp and Grits

(12 Votes)
10 Min

Paula Deen graciously shared her recipe for mouthwatering Shrimp and Grits with Howard and the Test Kitchen at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival. If you've got a craving for this southern classic, this is the only way to go!

What You'll Need:
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped pancetta or ham
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced scallion
  • 2 tablespoons diced onion
  • 2 tablespoons diced green bell pepper
  • 20 medium to large shrimp, peeled and deveined, with tails on
  • 2 tablespoons white wine
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 servings grits, cooked according to package directions (keep warm)
What To Do:
  1. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat oil; add pancetta and saute until crisp. Add scallion, onion, and green pepper and saute until onion is translucent. Add shrimp and saute 1 to 2 minutes, or until pink. Remove from pan and set aside.
  2. Deglaze pan with white wine. Slowly add cream and let it reduce until thickened. Stir in salt and pepper.
  3. Spoon grits into bowls. Add shrimp and veggie mixture, distributing evenly, and top with cream sauce.
  • Paula Deen suggests serving this dish with one of her flavored finishing butters, available in many markets.
  • We were thinking that a classic Southern dessert like our Peach Coffee Cake would put the perfect finishing touch on a fabulous meal!

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This is very close to my Shrimp and Grits. I havent made this particular recipe but have perfected my own recipe. There are many variations. It's a family favorite with us here in NC. If you haven't tried it do so! I don't think you'll regret it. If you are worried about the cream make it with fat free half and half. I use the trinity in mine, onion, green pepper and celery. Add some garlic. I use Andouille sausage in mine instead of pancetta or ham. Tweak it and make it your own but start here. We love Shrimp and Grits in the south!

This is gonna be my breakfast for tomorrow with a few guest I pray that it comes out like yours if not we are gonna have to eat it anyway because shrimp is to high plus I'm a pretty good cook I'm sure it's gonna turn out great .....LOL

I am going to try this but will have to do it when I don't have a vegan to cook for who is also diabetic. Never tried a Paula Dean recipe that wasn't good. Might need some help oh how to make it vegan friendly....

Paula Deen is a person just like everyone else and should be talked to and talked of with respect! None of us have walked in her shoes or lived her life so we have no business judging her. Whether you are diabetic or not (which I am) its your choice what food you put in your body so there is no reason why Mr Food can't include recipes from whomever they want. This recipe was very good and not a bad choice if eaten in moderation, which I am sure all diabetics do.

Looks like a great recipe to me!

Not only is this beautiful it sounds delicious and easy to make!

I think Paula Deen's Srimp and grits is good,olive oil is better for our helth instead of butter is a matter of choise.Srimp has a high level of cholesterol you dont' have to add more with butter.Good for you Ms Paula deen.

I happen to love Paula Deen but even if I didn't like her I would not let my opinion dictate would other people enjoy. Keep up the good work.

What??....NO BUTTER???...I have 100% respect for Mr. Food, but Paula Deen?? I am so very very sorry but my opinion of you all just dropped about 1000 points, because of her input. She is a hypocrite, and is unworthy of even being mentioned on any website or show of Mr. Food's. In my opinion, Mr. Food was at the top-notch of food chefs everywhere. He did not try to portray himself as anything other then what and who he was, while Paula Deen has done nothing "healthy" in her stupid- "How did you guys know I was a type 2 diabetic" sorry life. PLEASE do not put anything "Paula Deen" on anything again, as I know I am not the only diabetic that feels this way. Thank you.

Wow, not a Paula Dean fan I see.... Paula Dean is a self made woman that had a lot to bare bringing up two sons alone. I love, love butter and know it does not cause diabetes. I know many, many thin diabetic, that were always thin, but have diabetes. A malfunctioning pancreas causes diabetes. Weight has something do with it though so does age and family heredity. Some babies are born with diabetes, you can't blame that on butter. Why are people looking at recipes on this site so nasty!!!! Here we are offered free recipes and some people use this site as a complaining site. I'm so sure there has to be sites that would love your input about how great you are and everyone else has a problem.

Thank you for your comments; we certainly respect your opinion. Paula Deen is a friend of ours and we believe it is important to share plenty of options with our audience. Paula is presenting recipe ideas that you can adapt to your own nutritional needs. This recipe is great as-is or you can finish it off with butter as we did; the choice is yours. Thank you again and enjoy!

Judge not lest ye also be judged. Paula Deen is more of a good, intelligent, wholesome southern lady in her sleep than you are at your best. You just let EVERYONE know who the TRUE hypocrite is. GOD made butter. If it's good enough for HIM it's good enough for anyone else accept a judgmental, self important 'person' such as yourself. Mr. Food's site does NOT have to take orders from a witch like you. Most of us KNOW Paula Deen was targeted by some enemy unfairly. If YOU don't like her or her cooking you DON'T have to take part in reading or commenting and you definitely DON'T have to eat any recipe she creates. And YOU got diabetes because YOU have NO sugar in you.



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