Soldiers and Soul Food: Dinner and A Movie

Staying in? We've got you covered -- both on the culinary and entertainment fronts. Now presenting Dinner and a Movie -- a guide to a do it yourself evening of food and film.

​​What better way to celebrate Black History Month than with soul food? Soul food has many regional variations, but  has its roots in African American culture and tradition. 

Since the film we chose is set in Louisiana, we went with a recipe that reflects the flavors and ingredients of that region.

Film: A Soldier's Story (1984)

Popcorn Alternative: Popcorn with Spicy Butter, Toasted Kale Chips, and Cajun Peanuts

Entrée: Shrimp and Grits

Beverage: Sweet Tea, or, if you are in the mood for a cocktail, try Lemonade with Sweet Tea Vodka.

Get the rundown on the movie and the recipes after the jump.

Film Breakdown: Set in a segregated Army barracks during World War II, A Soldier's Story 

​ to taste.


12 uncooked shrimp, shelled, deveined
1/2 of an onion, sliced
1/2 of a green pepper, sliced
1 clove of garlic, chopped
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon canola oil
Cajun/Creole style seasoning salt

Melt oil and butter together in skillet. Add onions and peppers and cook until tender. Once onions are clear, add garlic, shrimp, and seasonings. Cook until shrimp are pink, about 5 minutes. Be careful not to overcook. Remove from heat and let cool. Place on cutting board and chop into small bite size pieces and serve over grits. This dish is the ultimate comfort food, serve it in a bowl and eat it from the couch.

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Michelle Martinez