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Creole Shrimp and Grits

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Ingredients:

2 pounds unpeeled, medium-size raw shrimp
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 celery ribs, chopped
1 medium-size green bell pepper, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 (6-oz.) can tomato paste
1 bay leaf
1 1/2 teaspoons Salty-Savory-Sweet Cajun Seasoning Blend 
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
2 1/2 cups milk
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups quick-cooking grits

Directions:

Peel shrimp, reserving shells; devein shrimp, if desired. Bring shells and 4 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat; reduce heat to low, and cook 20 minutes. Pour shrimp broth through a colander over a large bowl, pressing shells with back of a spoon; discard shells.

Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat; stir in flour, and cook, stirring constantly making a roux. Once flour is caramel colored (about 8 to 10 minutes), add onion and next 3 ingredients, and cook, stirring often, 5 to 7 minutes or until tender.

Stir in 2 cups shrimp broth, tomato paste, and next 4 ingredients. Reduce heat to low, and cook, stirring occasionally, 45 minutes. Add shrimp, and cook 10 minutes, stirring in 1/4 to 1/2 cup remaining shrimp broth to reach desired consistency.

Meanwhile, bring milk, 2 1/2 cups water, and salt to a boil in a saucepan over high heat. Gradually stir in grits. Reduce heat to low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 10 to 12 minutes or until thickened. Serve Creole Shrimp over grits.

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