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Derby Shrimp & Grits with Tasso Gravy

Posted Apr 22, 2015

Churchill Downs Kentucky Derby Shrimp and Grits Recipe

What goes well with a Mint Julep? Shrimp and grits, of course!  Surprise your Derby party guests with the same dish that our chefs at Churchill Downs will be serving at the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby.


1 Pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 tablespoon Olive oil
1 tablespoon Butter

Heat olive oil and butter in a skillet over medium heat. Sauté onions until tender, then toss in shrimp. Season with salt and pepper, and cook 4 to 5 minutes or until shrimp turn pink. 


1 cup white Wiesenberger grits
2 cups water
2 cups milk
2 cups white cheddar cheese, grated
1tablespoon salt- or more to taste
1 teaspoon white pepper

Combine milk and water in a 5 qt. heavy bottomed sauce pan. Add the salt to the liquids and bring to a boil. Add the grits to the pot, whisking until well incorporated keep stirring until the water comes back to a slight boil. Reduce heat to very low. Cover and let grits cook very slowly and gently for about 30 minutes or until they are tender to the tongue and the liquid is absorbed. Add white pepper, cayenne and cheese.

Tasso Gravy

2 tablespoons butter
1/2 pound Tasso, diced
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup strong coffee
2 cups chicken broth
2 dash tabasco sauce
Salt and pepper to taste

Melt butter in a skillet; add Tasso, and sauté until browned. Whisk in flour, and cook, whisking constantly, until lightly browned. Whisk in coffee and broth; simmer, whisking until smooth, 15 minutes .season, salt, and pepper.


Place grits large platter, place shrimp on top of grits, and then top with Tasso gravy.


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