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Robert St. John

Restaurateur, author, enthusiastic traveler, & world-class eater.

Miniature Shrimp and Grits

Shrimp and grits became popular in southern restaurants in the late 1980s. This is a preparation that allows them to be hand held.


1 /4 cup quick grits

1 cup heavy cream

1 tsp salt

1 tsp creole seasoning


Grit Biscuits

1 1 /2  cups flour

1 Tbsp sugar

2 tsp baking soda


BBQ Shrimp

2 Tbsp clarified butter

20 large shrimp, peeled and split in half lengthwise

1 tsp cracked black peppercorns

3 /4 cup BBQ Shrimp Stock

1 tsp baking powder

2 tsp Salt

1 tsp fresh ground black pepper

1 /4 cup shortening

1 recipe grits

1 /2 cup buttermilk.

1 egg


BBQ Shrimp Stock

½  cups white wine

1 cup  Shrimp Stock

2 Tbsp Creole Seasoning

1 1 /2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce

1 1 /2 Tbsp lemon juice

3 tsp paprika

2 tsp garlic, minced

2 tsp liquid crab boil

2 Tbsp creole mustard

1 bay leaves

1 tsp Crescent City Grill Hot Sauce


Combine grits, cream and seasoning in a small covered baking dish and cook in a 300-degree oven for 45 minutes. Remove and cool slightly.


Grit Biscuits

Combine all dry ingredients and using a fork, blend shortening into the dry mixture.

Whip together the egg, buttermilk and grits. Fold wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and blend well. Do not overmix.

Roll out biscuits to 1 /2-inch thickness and cut 2-inch circles.

Bake at 375 degrees for 18 minutes.

Top each biscuit with one piece of the BBQ shrimp and serve

Yield: 16-20 grit cakes


BBQ Shrimp

Melt clarified butter in a skillet and add shrimp. Sauté for two minutes Add cracked black peppercorns and BBQ Shrimp Stock and cook until shrimp are just done. Make sure the cold BBQ shrimp stock is stirred vigorously before adding to skillet.


BBQ Shrimp Stock

Bring all ingredients to a boil, immediately remove from heat and cool (can be made 2–3 days ahead of time). adding it to the skillet.

Yield: 2 cups

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