Tupelo Honey Southern Kitchen & Bar Shrimp & Grits

Visited the Vanderbilt Mansion in Asheville, North Carolina, and stopped at Tupelo Honey Southern Kitchen & Bar for a late night suppose and really enjoyed their shrimp and grits. Here’s a description of the dish they serve and the recipe.

Shrimp & grits were made famous in the South Carolina Low Country, where it’s been a favorite on-the-boat breakfast for shrimpers for years. This dish was famously brought to the nation’s attention when New York Times legendary food writer Craig Claiborne, a Mississippi native, had dinner with Chef Bill Neal at Crook’s Corner in Chapel Hill, NC. At Tupelo Honey they take our shrimp and grits very, very seriously but aren’t afraid to mix it up by adding goat cheese to the grits as their own signature twist.

Shrimp & Goat Cheese Grits with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce Recipe

  • 2 Tbsp. plus 1.5 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 lb. large uncooked shrimp, peeled, deveined, and tails removed
  • 1 Tbsp. minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced roasted red bell pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. Creole Spice (recipe below)
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine (such as Sauvignon Blanc)
  • 3 Tbsp. unsalted cold butter
  • Goat Cheese Grits (recipe below)

Creole Spice Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp. sugar
  • 5 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 Tbsp. smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. white pepper

Directions:

1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet on high heat. Add the shrimp and garlic and cook for about 4 minutes, or until the shrimp begins to turn a little pink.

2. Add the bell peppers and creole spice and cook for about 2 minutes, or until the peppers are heated through. Add the wine and cook for 1 to 2 minutes, just until the shrimp turns pink.

3. Remove from the heat and add the butter, swirling the pan to combine all the liquids. Serve the shrimp over the grits and top with the warm sauce left in the skillet.

*Makes 4 servings.

Creole Spice Recipe

Directions:

Combine the following ingredients:

*Makes 1/4 cup.

  • 1 cup yellow stone ground grits
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1.5 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup goat cheese
  • Finely ground cornmeal

Goat Cheese Grits Recipe

Taking their love of goat cheese to the next level, you can make this recipe in two ways. One of for a traditional dish of grits and the fry is to fry the goat cheese grits after coating them in cornmeal. The outcome? Grit croutons and grit cakes!

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Directions

1. Combine water and salt in a stock, put on high heat, and bring to a boil.

2. Add butter and grits at the same time and stir for a couple minutes to prevent clumping or sticking. DO NOT ADD THE BUTTER AT THE BEGINNING WITH THE WATER. Adding the butter and grits at the same time, and NOT melting the butter while the water heats up, is imperative to a creamy final product).

3. Bring grits, salt, water and butter back to a boil. Add heavy cream.

4. Bring to a boil again, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 30-35 minutes until thick and creamy, stirring occasionally. Add goat cheese and black pepper and taste for seasoning.

*Makes 4-6 portions of delicious goat cheese grits.

5. When complete, pour cooked grits into an 8×8 baking pan, ensuring even distribution, and allow to cool for at least 12 hours.

6. When completely cool, turn baking pan over and allow grit “cake” to fall out onto a cutting board.

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