Chef Tim Thomas of Georgia won first place in the 2007 Great American Seafood Cook-Off for this wheat beer-laced shrimp ratatouille served over Boursin cheese grits.For more great recipes visit Alison’s Recipe Box at mottschannelseafood.com/alisons-recipe-box/.
Marinate: Combine shrimp with 1/4 cup olive oil, 6 cloves diced garlic, 2 teaspoons chopped basil, and salt and pepper. Let marinate 30 minutes.
Make Grits: Bring milk and butter to a boil. Add grits. Cook over medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring often. Season with salt and pepper. Add Boursin and cook another 2 to 3 minutes. Adjust seasoning.
Ratatouille: Heat 1/4 cup oil in large skillet. Add eggplant and cook 5 to 7 minutes until brown. Drain excess oil. Add onion, garlic and peppers. Cook another minute. Add beer and cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Add zucchini and squash. Add tomato products, salt, pepper and herbs. Simmer for another 10 to 15 minutes.
When almost ready to serve, heat a sauté pan and place shrimp mixture in heated pan. Cook shrimp for 30 seconds on each side.
Serve in individual ramekins with grits topped with ratatouille, then shrimp and more ratatouille; or on plates, as grits topped with ratatouille, then shrimp.
Place pork belly in roaster and add onion, celery, thyme, garlic, carrot, and chicken stock. Place on the stove, bring to a boil, then cover and place in oven at 275 degrees for two hours or until tender.
Remove and cool pork belly and cut into one inch by one inch pieces. Set aside.
Wash, clean and peel the pumpkin. Cut into large pieces and place onto cookie sheet. Season the pumpkin with salt, pepper and olive oil. Place in oven at 350 degrees and roast for 15 to 20 minutes or until cooked through.
Blend roasted pumpkin in a food processor with milk, butter and spice mix, until smooth. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper. Set aside.
To cook scallops, place a non-stick pan and place on medium heat. Once hot, add olive oil then scallops. Sear until caramelized on each side. Watch not to over cook. If scallops are large, you may have to finish in the oven.
In another pan, sear pork belly on both sides.
To plate, first spread pumpkin puree across plate, add scallops and pork belly atop the puree. Top with micro basil.