Before last night, I would’ve told you that it doesn’t get any more Charleston than shrimp and grits. But now, I might tell you that it doesn’t get any more Charleston than shrimp and grits made from local ingredients.
I adapted this Shrimp and Gravy recipe to fit some ingredients that I had or had just purchased from Stono Market on John’s Island. Of my ingredients, the primary flavor grabbers–the grits (Geechie Boy Mill from Edisto Island), shrimp, and onion and carrots (grown by Farmer Pete on Ambrose Family Farm)–were all local. But I also used tomato (a Florida native, but purchased from Stono Market), green pepper, butter, chicken stock, flour, and salt and pepper.