Pleasant Peasant Shrimp and Grits

Remember the wonderful Peasant Restaurants that were so popular in Atlanta? Each one had a signature bread and decadent dessert that they were known for. One of the restaurants served fried rolls that melted in your mouth like a HOT NOW Krispy Kreme doughnut.  Divine.  No butter needed.

If you have any of their recipes, feel free to pass them on because they were all wonderful, especially the desserts.

Pleasant Peasant Shrimp and Grits

For the grits:
4 cups water
1/3 cup heavy cream
1/2 stick (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 cup grits
1/4 pound pepper jack cheese, diced

For the gravy:
1/4 cup white wine
1 shallot, diced
1 garlic clove, minced
2 cups heavy cream
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 pound large shrimp (about 24), peeled and deveined
1 tablespoon butter

1.To make the grits: In a medium saucepan, combine water, cream, butter and salt; bring to a boil. Add grits and stir until smooth. Reduce cheese and stir to melt and combine.

2.To make the gravy: While grits are cooking, in a small saucepan, boil wind, shallot and garlic and cook until wine is reduced by half, about 5 minutes. Turn heat to low, add cream, pepper and salt and cook until gravy has thickened, about 10 minutes. When grits are done, season shrimp with salt and pepper in a large skillet, melt butter and saute shrimp until just done, about 2 minutes per side. Divide grits between 6 bowls, top each serving with 4 shrimp and top with 1/4 cup of pepper gravy.

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4 responses to “Pleasant Peasant Shrimp and Grits

  1. Ooh, I used to adore the Peasant group, I spent many an evening at the one at Phipps. One of my favorite things was the fried asparagus, completely addictive!! I wish I had all of their recipes too 🙂

    • I’m with you Emily, I loved those restaurants too. Sorry I missed the fried asparagus! I do have an awesome chocolate cake recipe from the Galleria location that I’ll post sometime soon.

  2. I just stopped reading at “Hot Donuts Now”. I must get up and go to Krispy Kreme. And then make some shrimp and grits. lol

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