Texas Eats: Giant Chicken Parmesan, Hand-Pulled Noodles & Cajun Recipes

Season 4, Episode 11: David and KSAT12 anchor, Ursula Pari, share a cheesy cajun shrimp and grits recipe

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This week on Texas Eats, David Elder takes us to one of the newest restaurants at The Pearl in San Antonio, Arrosta.

Arrosta serves up rustic Italian favorites and house-made pasta. David dines on a gigantic chicken parmesan with the head chef, Robbie Nowlin, as the two discuss the ideas behind the menu.

Next, we head to downtown San Antonio for this week’s featured haunted restaurant, Guillermo’s.

David takes a spooky tour with the owner, Guillermo, himself and later shares some of the top items off the pizza and sandwich menu.

After that, David takes a road trip East to Pasadena for some hand-pulled noodles, house-made dumplings, and sweet bao buns at Noodle Master.

Next up, David tries out some brunch with a twist at one of Austin’s favorite diners, Phoebe’s Diner.

Then, David heats things up in the Texas Eats Outdoor Kitchen with KSAT12 anchor Ursula Pari.

David and Ursula prepare Cheesy Cajun Shrimp and Grits, share some cooking techniques, and have some laughs.

Next, David heads to the North Side to pair Shiner Beer with some over-the-top chicken, duck, and quail dishes from Gold Feather.

David rounds things out with some Texas BBQ with an Asian twist at Blood Brothers BBQ.

You don’t want to miss this delicious episode of Texas Eats!

Cheesy Cajun Shrimp & Grits

Ursula Pari's Cheesy Cajun Shrimp and Grits (KSAT12)


  • Shrimp-1 pound jumbo frozen (you will need to shell them and make sure they are de-veined)
  • Sausage-1 pound andouille or hot sausage (3 pepper Texas Heritage is a good substitute)
  • Celery-2-3 stalks of celery diced
  • Onion-one yellow onion diced
  • Garlic-4-5 cloves of garlic minced
  • Bell Pepper-one green bell pepper diced
  • Instant Grits-6 cups prepared according to package... except: substitute chicken stock for water
  • add the following cheeses once the grits are thick:
  • Cream Cheese-2-3 ounces softened
  • Cheddar Cheese- 1 cup grated
  • Cajun Seasoning-Tony Chacheres 1-2 tablespoons or to taste
  • Lemon-1 lemon squeeze for final plate
  • Green Onion Tops-2-3 stalks diced for garnish


  • Prepare the instant grits using chicken stock instead of water
  • Once the grits have solidified, stir in the cream cheese and cheddar cheese
  • Rough chop the celery, onion, garlic, and bell pepper
  • Slice the sausage
  • Devein and deshell the shrimp
  • Season shrimp with Cajun seasoning
  • Heat a pan over medium-high heat and cook the sausage until done
  • Remove sausage from the pan
  • Add the shrimp to the pan and cook until opaque- 3 minutes each side-if it’s pink, it’s cooked
  • Remove the shrimp from the pan
  • De-glaze pan with chicken stock
  • Add celery, onion, garlic, and bell pepper to the pan and cook until slightly softened
  • Add shrimp and sausage back to the pan and stir to combine
  • Plate cheesy grits with shrimp and sausage mixture on top
  • Sprinkle the juice of lemon over the plate-use lemon slices for garnish
  • Sprinkle diced green onion over top of finished plate
  • Enjoy!

Restaurants featured this week:


1803 Broadway Suite 101, San Antonio, TX 78215


618 McCullough Ave, San Antonio, TX 78215

Noodle Master

6823 Spencer Hwy Suite A, Pasadena, TX 77505

Phoebe’s Diner

408 W 11th St, Austin, TX 78701

French Toast from Phoebe's Diner in Austin (KSAT12)

Gold Feather

834 Northwest Loop 410 Suite 106, San Antonio, TX 78216

Blood Bros. BBQ

5425 Bellaire Blvd, Bellaire, TX 77401

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About the Authors

David Elder is the host and executive producer of the food and travel show Texas Eats on ABC KSAT 12

Benjamin Garison is a producer, videographer, and editor for the top-rated food and travel show in Central and South Texas, Texas Eats with David Elder. Ben joined the Texas Eats team in the fall of 2020.

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