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Shrimp Bog (One Pot Shrimp and Rice)

Serves 6

This southern recipe is my version of a traditional Carolina shrimp bog. I added some ingredients, used less of others and made a few substitutions. It is easy and exceptionally delicious. Of course it is. Look at the amount of shrimp. You can use less, about 1-1/2 pounds, and the flavor will still be very good. The recipe can be made in any amount, using two parts broth to one part rice.


Fry the bacon in a large pot over medium-high heat until slightly crisp; remove with slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. If necessary, add enough olive oil to the bacon grease to make about 2 tablespoons. Add the onions and sauté over medium-high heat about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté another minute. Add the rice, 2-1/4 cups of the broth, tomatoes with juices, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, salt, nutmeg, thyme, parsley and pepper; stir. Cover and cook for 20 minutes over medium-low heat. Stir in the bacon, shrimp and remaining 3/4 cup broth. Cook, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Stir gently and taste for seasoning.

Notes: I cook the shrimp peels in about 3 cups of water for 20 minutes, then strain out the shells. To the remaining broth, I add enough water to make the 3 cups needed for the recipe. However, you can use store-bought seafood broth.