Shrimp and Grits

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If you had the opportunity to read my post on my Mediterranean fattoush recipe, I shared with you how my cousin and I spend many Sundays together in the kitchen preparing our favorite dishes. Well, last Sunday she invited me over to do some cooking for the week since we both work full-time and then some…. We thought it would be beneficial to prepare a few meals so when we got home from work during the week we’d have dinner at our finger tips.  She suggested we make her shrimp and grits recipe! Let me just say!!! Oh my word, it is a bowl of creamy and cheesy grits topped with sautéed shrimp and a sauce which literally makes my mouth water just thinking about it. 

It’s a simple dish which takes less than 30 minutes to prepare; with little effort.  We already had the bacon grease from Sunday morning breakfast so it was quick to prepare. My cousin and I rarely use recipes for many of the dishes we’ve prepared over the years. This is what makes it difficult for me because I have to be sure to measure everything I put into my recipes so I can share them on my blog.  I have always just added a pinch of this and a pinch of that and my recipes turned out successfully.  It’s like the amounts and ingredients are imbedded in my brain from making the recipes so many times; I don’t think about portions or ingredients, I just add them.

My cousin was much like this with her shrimp and grits recipe, she’s made it so often in the past she just added a little cheese, shrimp, butter, and bacon grease and there she had it! Creamy, cheesy delightful grits and shrimp!  We were sure to take measurements of the ingredients so I could share this delightful recipe of hers on my blog. All good southerners know grits are the work horse of the kitchen and these grids are a Clydesdale in my opinion. 

I prepared Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo on Sunday and it was delicious; I will be uploading this recipe soon. You don’t want to miss out on this recipe…. Stay tuned!

The shrimp and grits recipe is below. Comments and feedback are welcome!! 

Ingredients

Grits
2 servings old-fashioned grits
3/4 cup shredded Colby jack or cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons butter
Salt to taste

Shrimp and Sauce
6 slices of bacon and leftover grease
12-14 shrimp (20 per pound count)
Pat of butter
1/2 of a lemon
1 minced garlic clove
1 chopped green onion
Dash of Kitchen Bouquet (Not Sponsored)

Instructions

•Prepare 2 servings of grits according to the back of the box. In addition add cheese, butter, and salt to taste. Cover and whisk every few minutes. Continue to cook covered unless whisking for time per the directions on box.

•Fry bacon in a pan until crisp when cooked take bacon out of pan. Crumble and set aside. Add shrimp, pat of butter, juice from 1/2 of a lemon, and minced garlic; sauté until opaque. Add a dash of Kitchen Bouquet (not sponsored) and stir. This gives the sauce a rich color.

•Place grits in a bowl and top with shrimp and sauce; topped with crumbled bacon and chopped green onions.

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