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City Grocery Shrimp and Grits Recipe

Since 1992, Chef John Currence’s City Grocery Restaurant Group has been the culinary epicenter of Oxford, Mississippi. The 2009 James Beard Best Southern Chef oversees four restaurants that showcase different aspects of the southern food experience. From the home-cured bacon at Big Bad Breakfast to the fine French-inspired Southern fare at City Grocery, Chef Currence’s restaurants are where to eat in Oxford.


For the Grits:

  • 1 cup quick Grits
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted Butter
  • 3/4 cup Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese (white)
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Paprika
  • Tabasco Hot Sauce to taste
  • Salt and Black Pepper to taste

For the Shrimp:

  • 2 cups chopped smoked Bacon
  • 3 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds (20-30 count) Shrimp
  • Salt and Black Pepper
  • 1 tablespoon minced Garlic
  • 3 cups sliced white Mushrooms
  • 3 tablespoons White Wine
  • 2 tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • 2 cups sliced Scallions


  1. Cook grits according to package instructions.
  2. As they are finishing, whisk in butter, cheeses, cayenne, paprika and Tabasco to taste.
  3. Cook bacon until it begins to brown. Remove from heat and drain on paper towels.
  4. Crumble bacon and set aside. Strain drippings and set aside.
  5. Heat a large skillet until very hot; add olive oil and 2 tablespoons of bacon drippings.
  6. As oil begins to smoke, toss in shrimp to cover bottom of pan.
  7. Before stirring, season with salt and pepper.
  8. Stir until shrimp begin to turn pink; let pan return to original hot temperature.
  9. Stir in minced garlic and bacon bits, being careful not to burn garlic.
  10. Toss in mushrooms and coat with oil briefly.
  11. Add lemon juice and wine, and stir for 30 seconds or so until everything is well coated and incorporated.
  12. When ready to serve, stir in sliced scallions and cook about 20 seconds.
  13. Serve immediately over the aforementioned, patiently waiting cheese grits.  Enjoy, burp, and reminisce about those fine meals at City Grocery.

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Recipe courtesy of Chef John Currence, City Grocery, Oxford, MS. Restaurant information courtesy of the City Grocery Website – Photo of Shrimp and Grits is by MLB and is used by permission under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) License. Additional Information Courtesy of Wikipedia and is used by permission.

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