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This shrimp stock recipe from chef John Besh of August is used to make his Slow-Cooked Louisiana Shrimp and Grits. Serve with his Mirliton Salad for a dinner that is guaranteed to please.

The Martha Stewart Show, March 2009, The Martha Stewart Show, Episode 4108


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Makes 1 quart


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  • Heat oil in a large saucepan over high heat. Add shrimp shells and cook, stirring frequently, until toasted, about 10 minutes.

  • Add onion, celery, carrot, leek, and garlic and cook for 3 minutes. Add 12 cups water, bay leaf, and thyme; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and cook until reduced by half.

  • Strain stock, discarding solids; let cool to room temperature. Stock may be used immediately or transferred to an airtight container and kept refrigerated for up to 3 days or frozen for up to 3 months.