Shrimp ‘n’ Grits Tarts

  • Prep Time: 20m
  • Cook Time: 1h
  • Total Time: 1h 20m

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 c chicken broth, divided
  • 1 c milk
  • 1/4 c butter or margarine, divided
  • 1/2 tsp. white pepper
  • 1 c uncooked coarse-ground or regular grits
  • 2/3 c shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2/3 c diced smoked ham
  • 3 tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
  • 3/4 tsp. white wine Worcestershire sauce
  • 36 medium peeled and cooked shrimp
  • Garnish: chopped parsley

Instructions

  1. Bring 2 cups chicken broth, milk, 2 tablespoons butter, and white pepper to a boil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Gradually whisk in grits; return to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 5 to 10 minutes or until thickened. Add Parmesan cheese, and whisk until melted and blended.
  2. Spoon 1 rounded tablespoonful of grits-and-cheese mixture into each lightly greased cup of 3 (12-cup) miniature muffin pans.
  3. Bake at 350° for 20 to 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Make an indentation in centers of warm grits tarts, using the back of a spoon. Let cool completely in pans. Remove tarts from muffin pans, and place on a 15- x 10-inch jellyroll pan.
  4. Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat; add ham, and sauté 1 to 2 minutes. Sprinkle 3 tablespoons flour evenly over ham, and cook, stirring often, 1 to 2 minutes or until lightly brown. Gradually add remaining 1 1/2 cups chicken broth, stirring until smooth.
  5. Reduce heat, and cook, stirring often, 5 to 10 minutes or until thickened. Stir in 3 tablespoons chopped parsley and white wine Worcestershire sauce, and spoon evenly into tarts.
  6. Bake at 350° 5 to 10 minutes or just until warm. Top with 1 cooked shrimp. Garnish, if desired.