I got up early the other morning and when straight to the farm stand. I just love this time of year, especially the corn. I found some beautiful ears of butter and sugar corn which is a mix of yellow and white kernels. I wanted the corn to be the star of my dinner that night so I decided to make shrimp and grits. In order to have the delicious corn taste enhance each part of the dish, I shucked the corn to mix into the dish at the end and also make a corn stock that I used to make the sauce for the shrimp as well as to cook the grits. I finished the dish off with some fresh basil from my garden. The results were terrific. Don’t be daunted by the steps, they are all easy and go quickly, so definitely try it out.
From by the bay wishing you butter and sugar food memories!
Tip: when shucking the corn, I place a large bowl in the skin and shuck the corn instead the
bowl, with a knife. This makes for an easy clean up afterward.
Fresh Corn with Shrimp and Grits
Ingredients for stock
6 large ears corn, shucked, kernels and cobs separate, keep 1 1/2 cups corn kernels for shrimp
4 cups store bought low sodium chicken stock
1/2 cup white wine
Directions for stock
In a stock pot add all ingredients and bring to a boil. Simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and cool. Remove the cobs from the stock and discard. Place remaining stock and corn into food processor and puree. Strain and keep stock to the side. You will have about 3 1/2 cups of stock. If you have less use less stock in the grits and add more water.
Note: This can be done in advance, earlier in the day.
Ingredients for grits
1 cup stone grounded grits
2 cups corn stock
2 cups water
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 pound unsalted butter
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons corn stock or olive oil optional
Directions for grits
In a large sauce pan 4 cups of liquid in total – add stock, water, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Add grits and cook uncovered for about 20 to 25 minutes until liquid is absorbed into the grits, stirring occasionally so grits don’t stick to the bottom of the pan. Remove from heat and add the butter and cheese, stirring well. Optional : Right before serving add 2 tablespoons of the corn stock or olive oil to loosen the grits.
Ingredients for shrimp
2 pounds shrimp cleaned and deveined
4 ounces thick cut bacon, chopped into cubes
1 1/2 cups fresh uncooked corn kernels
1 garlic clove minced
2 tablespoons green onion, chopped
1 1/2 cups corn stock
4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons basil, chopped
Directions for shrimp
Place a large saute pan on medium heat and add the bacon and cook until crisp. Use a slotted spoon to remove the bacon and drain on a paper towel. Set aside. In the same pan saute the shrimp until they turn pink, cooking on both sides. Do not over crowd the pan. Remove the shrimp and set aside. Leave about 1 tablespoon of the bacon fat and add the garlic, green onion and corn. Saute for about 2 minutes until softened, then add the corn stock and lemon juice bring to a boil and add the shrimp and bacon, mix well and remove from the heat. Serve on top of the grits and top with chopped basil.