Shrimp Gravy with Sausage
Sausage is a very versatile ingredient. This week, I'm featuring a couple of dishes containing sausage. They are perfect for brunch, but also good for you other meals. You can use you favorite brand of sausage in these recipes. Today's is a take on shrimp and grits.
2 pounds raw headless shrimp
64 ounces seafood or chicken stock
2 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 pound smoked sausage, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1 large green bell pepper, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
4 green onions, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons cornstarch
Peel shrimp, saving shells, devein and rinse. Set aside. Combine stock and reserved shrimp shells in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil and simmer 15 minutes. Strain well through a fine mesh strainer, pressing shells down with the back of a wooden spoon to squeeze out and trapped liquid, discard shells. Set aside.
Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Brown sausage; remove, leaving drippings in pan. Add onion, bell pepper, and garlic to hot drippings; sauté until sweated, about 5 minutes. Add reserved shrimp stock and stir well. Bring to a boil and simmer until mixture has reduced to about 3 cups.
Make a slurry by combining cornstarch with 2 tablespoons water; stir until smooth. Slowly add slurry to simmering stock while stirring vigorously. Simmer 2 minutes until thickened. Taste; adjust seasoning with creole seasoning. Add shrimp; return to a low boil and simmer until shrimp are fully cooked, about 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add green onions; stir well. Serve over hot Cheese Grits.
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