Sausage-and-Shrimp Hash with Grits and Eggs

June 2011
Sausage-and-Shrimp Hash with Grits and Eggs

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Makes: 4 servings

Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons EVOO, plus more for frying
  • 1/2 pound andouille sausage, casings removed, meat diced
  • 1 red or green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 2 ribs celery with leafy tops, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 large cloves garlic, chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/2 pound large shrimp--peeled, deveined and coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons hot sauce, such as Franks RedHot
  • 1/2 cup crisp-tasting beer (think of a use for the rest)
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup quick-cooking polenta
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 extra-large organic eggs
Directions
  1. In a large skillet, heat 2 tbsp. EVOO, 2 turns of the pan, over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and cook until browned, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the bell pepper, celery, onion and garlic; season with salt, pepper and the thyme. Cook until crisp-tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the shrimp and cook until pink, 2 to 3 minutes. Douse with the hot sauce and deglaze the pan with the beer.
  2. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, heat the chicken stock to a boil, then lower the heat and gradually whisk in the polenta. Cook, whisking, until it masses together and is thick yet not too stiff, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the honey and butter, then turn off the heat.
  3. In a skillet, fry the eggs to your liking in a little EVOO.
  4. To serve, pour the polenta into shallow bowls and shape a well in the center of each; fill the wells with the shrimp hash. Top with the eggs.
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