The Chew: Mario Batali Shrimp & Grits Recipe + About Last Night Review


The Chew: About Last Night Review

Regina Hall and Joy Bryant, two stars of the new movie About Last Night, joined Mario Batali on The Chew to make a Shrimp & Grits Recipe. Hall loves to cook, but Bryant is more about the tasting part of the process.

About Last Night is a reboot of an R-rated ‘80s movie, and this edition of the story is more true to the David Mamet play that inspired the story. The cast includes Hall, Bryant, Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy and Paula Patton. It opens in theaters on Valentine’s Day, February 14 2014.


Combine equal parts of spices to make a delicious Creole spice mix. Don’t be afraid to mix the spices in using your hands, as long as you wash them first.

The Chew: Mario Batali Shrimp & Grits Recipe Ingredients

The Chew: Mario Batali Shrimp & Grits Recipe + About Last Night Review

Mario Batali prepared a Southern favorite Shrimp & Grits Recipe using a Creole spice blend you can easily make at home.

  • 1 cup Stone Ground Grits
  • 2 tbsp cubed Butter (+ 4 tbsp cold Butter)
  • 2 tbsp Spice Rub
  • 3 diced Bell Peppers
  • 3 cloves minced Garlic
  • 1/2 cup Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 cup Cream
  • 1/2 bunch sliced Chives
  • 1 tbsp Sugar
  • 3 lb peeled, deveined Shrimp (tails on)
  • 1/2 diced Yellow Onion
  • 2 ribs diced Celery
  • 1/4 cup Dry White Wine
  • 1 cup Chicken Stock
  • 1/2 bunch sliced Chives
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 1 Lemon

Spice Rub Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp Paprika
  • 1 tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tbsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 tbsp dried Thyme
  • 1 tbsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tbsp dried Oregano

Mario Batali: The Chew Shrimp & Grits Recipe Directions

  1. Cook grits following box directions and adding sugar.
  2. Season as desired and stir in two tablespoons of butter.
  3. Season shrimp with spice rub mix and black pepper.
  4. Heat olive oil on medium high in a saute pan.
  5. Saute shrimp, tossing as you go, for one to two minutes, until opaque.
  6. Add more oil and cook the peppers with onions, celery, and garlic.
  7. Deglaze the pan with wine.
  8. Add chicken stock, Worcestershire, cream, chives, and butter.
  9. Stir to mix well and boil.
  10. Simmer sauce about 25 minutes.
  11. Add in shrimp and toss everything together.
  12. Serve grits family style on a platter, topped with shrimp.
  13. Garnish with fresh squeezed lemon juice.


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