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Good Enough Shrimp and Grits with Candied Bacon

Good Enough Shrimp and Grits with Candied Bacon

Award winning recipe from the 10th Annual Jekyll Island Shrimp & Grits Festival featuring Unicoi Preserves Apple Cider Pepper Spread
  • 2 1/2 cups Nora Mill Stone Ground Grits
  • 7 1/2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 1/2 cup Mountain Fresh Creamery Cream
  • 1 stick Unsalted Butter
  • 2 1/2 cups Cabot Extra Sharp Cheddar, grated
Candied Bacon
  • 1 1/2 lbs. Wright’s Thick Cut bacon Diced into approx. 1/2 inch pieces
  • 9 oz. Unicoi Preserves Apple Cider Pepper Spread
  • 3 lbs. Georgia Wild Caught Shrimp
  •  Kosher Salt & Black Pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons Unsalted Butter
  • 2 tablespoons Oliver Farm Peanut Oil
Pan sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups Habersham Vineyard Signet Wine
  • 1/2 lb. Mountain Fresh Creamery Butter
  •  Fresh chopped chives
  1. Combine water, salt, cream and butter in stockpot, stirring in grits over high heat. Stir constantly until boiling to prevent grits from clumping. Lower heat to simmer, cover with lid, stirring occasionally for approximately 30 minutes, adding water if the grits get too thick. Stir in cheese, taste for salt and adjust if necessary. Cover and keep grits warm over low heat.
Candied Bacon
  1. Cook bacon over medium heat until browned, drain off bacon grease, return bacon to pan. Add 9 oz. jar Unicoi Preserves Apple Cider Pepper Spread to bacon. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly. Reduce the liquid until almost evaporated. Remove candied bacon from pan to a Silpat or parchment paper. Spread out to cool.
    1. Peel and de-vein shrimp. Rinse shrimp and pat dry, then season lightly with kosher salt and black pepper. Heat 2 T. unsalted butter and 2 T. Oliver Farm Peanut Oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Add shrimp to hot pan in batches, don’t crowd the pan! Sear one minute per side and remove shrimp from pan.
    Pan Sauce
    1. Add 1 ½ cups Habersham Vineyard Signet Wine, turn up heat to hard simmer, add ½ lb. Mountain Fresh Creamery Butter and cook for 5-7 minutes, reducing sauce slightly. Taste for salt and adjust if necessary. Return shrimp and juices to pan, toss to coat the shrimp and cook over medium heat, approximately 2 minutes.
      To Serve
      1. Ladle grits into bowl, top with shrimp, pan sauce, candied bacon and chopped chives.
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Peach and Pig Pizza on The Big Green Egg

Peach and Pig Pizza on The Big Green Egg

Unicoi Preserves Salted Caramel Peach Spread and Country Ham make a delicious and easy gourmet pizza on the Big Green Egg.
Servings Prep Time
8 slices 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
  • 1 Flatbread pizza crust
  • 3/4 cup Country ham, diced
  • 1 jar Unicoi Preserves Salted Caramel Peach Spread
  • 1 cup Ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup Mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1 package Baby Arugula
  •  Extra virgin olive oil
  •  Balsamic Vinegar
  •  Salt & black pepper to taste
Servings: slices
Prepare your Big Green Egg
  1. Start your Big Green Egg and place the conveggtor in, legs up. Place your cooking grate on top of the conveggtor, then place a pizza stone on top of your grate. Stabilize your grill temperature at 425 degrees. Allow the pizza stone to pre-heat while you prep your ingredients.
Prepare Your Ingredients
  1. Preheat skillet over medium heat with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Cook diced country ham until crispy, about 7-10 minutes. Drain on paper towels.
  2. Brush your flatbread pizza crust with olive oil, salt and pepper, then dollop Unicoi Preserves Salted Caramel Peach Spread evenly across the crust, about 1.5” apart. Dollop ricotta cheese in between the peach spread, then top the whole crust with the shredded mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle the diced country ham over the mozzarella cheese.
  3. In a separate bowl, toss the baby arugula with olive oil, balsamic vinegar and salt and pepper. Set aside.
Cooking Instructions
  1. Place your pizza on the pizza stone and cook for 12-15 minutes, until the crust is golden brown, and the cheese is melted and bubbling. Remove pizza with a pizza peel and transfer to a wire cooling rack to allow the toppings to cool slightly and set up.
Final Prep and Serve
  1. Top the pizza with the baby arugula mixture. Transfer to a cutting board and slice and serve.
    Recipe Notes

    We recommend Stonefire Artisan Thin Crust flatbread.

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