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Shrimp & Grits Recipe by Two Tree Restaurant

May 09, 2011 04:00PM ● Published by Anonymous

Owner Dennis Hager is a sort of jack-of-all-trades in Millington, also the owner of the local pharmacy and a former mayor. In the kitchen of Two Tree is Chef Brian J. Carter, who showed us how to make Shrimp and Grits with Tasso Gravy, a spicy, hearty comfort dish that’s just right for an Eastern Shore Dinner.


What’s Up?: How did your culinary career begin?
Brian Carter:
I started as a dishwasher and have worked practically every position in the restaurant.

WU: Describe the culinary influence present in your dishes.
BC: My dishes are based in a solid foundation of continental cuisine, while keeping in mind both local and exotic influences.

WU: How did you come to work at this restaurant?
After many years as a link cook and sous chef in a waterfront restaurant, I was offered an opportunity here. In my initial conversation with the owner, he told me we focused on always delivering a quality product. It’s a challenge I gladly accepted.

WU: What makes this dish special to you?
The balance of the heat from the Tasso ham with the creaminess of the slow-cooked grits.

WU: Are there any special cooking techniques or unusual ingredients?
Tasso ham can be difficult to find. It can be substituted with salt-cured ham and ground chili pepper.

WU: How difficult is it to prepare this dish at home?
It’s relatively easy, but time-consuming. Cooking the grits takes almost two hours.

WU: What should we drink with this dish?
A dark ale or Viognier, a white wine that goes very well with spicy dishes.


Shrimp and Grits with Tasso Gravy

5 large shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 ounces Andouille sausage
2 ounces Tasso ham
1 tablespoon chopped onion
1 teaspoon chopped garlic
Salt and pepper to taste
2 ounces white wine
4 ounces chicken stock
A pinch of parsley
1 pat butter
A pinch of all-purpose flour
1 cup prepared grits

In a large skillet over medium heat, sauté the shrimp and onions. Deglaze the pan with white wine. Add the other ingredients with the exception of the grits. Let the sauce simmer and reduce by half. Place the shrimp next to grits, and then pour the sauce over the grits.



Two Tree Restaurant

401 Cypress Street
Millington, MD 21651
(410) 928-5887


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