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Buffet Shrimp with Fresh Corn Grits

Buffet Shrimp with Fresh Corn Grits, Liquid from the grated corn enriches and helps thicken the grits; sparkling corn brought at the end makes for nice bites.

Buffet Shrimp with Fresh Corn Grits

Buffet Shrimp with Fresh Corn Grits

INGREDIENTS

    • 3 ears of corn, husked
    • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
    • 1 cup whole milk
    • 3/4 cup grits (not instant)
    • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
    • Kosher salt
    • Freshly ground pepper
    • 1/4 cup olive oil
    • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
    • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
    • 1/2 teaspoon hot smoked Spanish paprika or 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika and a pinch of cayenne pepper
    • 1 1/2 pounds large shrimp, peeled, deveined, tails left intact
    • Chopped fresh chives (for serving)

PREPARATION

    1. Grate 2 ears of corn on the large holes of a box grater over a medium bowl, catching as much juice as possible; set aside. Cut kernels from a remaining ear of corn into another medium bowl; set aside.
    2. Bring broth, milk, and 1 1/2 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Reduce heat so the liquid is at a simmer and gradually whisk in grits. Simmer, whisking often, until grits are very tender, 20-25 minutes. Mix in butter and reserved grated corn; season with salt and pepper.
    3. Fifteen minutes after you have added grits to saucepan, heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook garlic, oregano, and paprika, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add reserved kernels and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown and beginning to pop about 3 minutes. Add shrimp and cook, tossing occasionally, until cooked through, about 4 minutes.
    4. Serve shrimp and corn over grits topped with chives.

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