Shrimp and Grits with Bacon Vinaigrette
You might travel for Memorial Day, but we bet that most of your meals will be in someone’s home. Even if you do a staycation for the long weekend in your own town, it is likely that you, family, or friends will host a barbecue or food-related gathering. For the next few days, we are going on a cooking spree to bring you recipes tested by Chef Zach (and taste approved by August), to inspire you to try something new or different this weekend. We recommend you serve this with roasted root vegetables and jalapeño cornbread.
• For the vinaigrette:
4 oz. of salt cured bacon
1/2 cup of balsamic vinegar
2 scallions (aka green onions)
1 tbs. of dijon mustard
Mince the shallot and chop the scallions. Dice the bacon in 1/8-inch pieces. Heat a large skillet over medium on the stove top, and cook the bacon for 8-10 minutes until the fat has been rendered and the meat begins to crisp.
Add the shallot to the bacon and continue cooking on medium until tender.
Pour in the balsamic vinegar and cook for 1 minute.
Add the chopped scallions and cook for an additional 15 seconds. It is now ready to be spooned and drizzled over the grits.
• For the grits:
2 cups of Clover Dairy whole milk
1 cup of water
1 cup of Bob’s Red Mill organic grits
1 tbs. of butter
1 tsp. of kosher salt
Combine the water and milk in a small saucepan with the salt and bring to a boil on medium-high heat. Once boiling, reduce to just slightly below medium and add the grits. Cook for 5-6 minutes, stirring frequently and scraping down the sides and bottom to make sure nothing sticks. After 5-6 minutes, remove from heat and stir in the butter. Let sit for a minute, then serve.
• For the shrimp:
3/4 lb. of cleaned, peeled, deveined, and uncooked shrimp
1/2 cup of Old Bay seasoning
Water for boiling
Fill a medium saucepot with water, add the seasoning, and bring to a slight boil over medium heat. Add the shrimp and let cook for 5 minutes. Pull out of the water with a spider (the most efficient way to grab them all at once and drain at the same time). Serve immediately; Chef Zach recommends not to do an ice bath, because that takes away some of the flavor and you want your shrimp to be warm.