This starter of smoky, savory shrimp-and-sausage gravy comes from renowned Southern chef Scott Peacock. He likes to serve it up in individual cups, with a side of palate-cleansing quick-pickled crudité and his legendary biscuits that help to sop up every last drop of gravy goodness.

Martha Stewart Living, November 2019


Credit: Con Poulos

Recipe Summary

35 mins
50 mins
Serves 10 to 12


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Sprinkle garlic with a pinch of salt; mash into a paste with the side of a knife. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, season with salt and black pepper, and cook until softened, about 4 minutes. Add shallot, thyme, Aleppo pepper, and garlic; reduce heat to medium-low and cook, stirring often, until shallot turns translucent, 3 to 4 minutes (if onion starts to brown, reduce heat further).

  • Add tomato and a generous pinch of salt; increase heat to medium. Cook, stirring frequently, until tomato breaks down, about 3 minutes. Add sausage; cook 2 minutes more. Stir in stock, increase heat to medium-high, and boil until liquid is reduced by half, about 5 minutes. Stir in shrimp and simmer until partially cooked, 1 to 2 minutes, depending on size.

  • Stir in cream and simmer until shrimp are just cooked through, 1 to 2 minutes more, depending on size. Remove from heat, season with salt and pepper, and stir in parsley and scallion just before serving. Serve gravy in individual cups with hot split biscuits and spoons on the side. 

Cook's Notes

Conecuh is a brand of smoked sausage from Evergreen, Alabama, and can be ordered at