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Wednesday, May 3, 2023

Shrimp and Grits

When I leave my landlocked state and spend time oceanside, this is one of my favorite things to order at a restaurant. Thankfully, freezers make it possible to enjoy this dish other places and other times. 


Shrimp and Grits

Source:  The 150 Best American Recipes by Fran McCullough and Molly Stevens
Serves: 4


4 c water
1 c grits (preferably stone ground)
1/2 teas salt
2 T butter
1 c grated sharp cheddar cheese (4 oz)
1/2 c freshly grated Parmesan cheese
freshly ground white pepper, cayenne pepper, and nutmeg, all to taste


6 slices bacon, cut into small pieces
oil for frying
1 pound shrimp, peeled, deveined if desired, rinsed and patted dry
2 c wiped and cleaned mushrooms, sliced
1 cup sliced scallions
1 large garlic clove, minced
4 teas fresh lemon juice
Hot pepper sauce to taste
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 c chopped fresh parsley

I found it easiest to prep the ingredients for both portions of the meal before starting to cook either. 

To make the grits:

In a large heavy saucepan, bring the water to boil and gradually stir in the grits. Reduce the heat to it's lowest point and cook for about 20 minutes, stirring frequently.  When grits are thick and tender, stir in the salt, butter, and cheeses. Add about a pinch of each of the spices and taste to see if you would like to add more.

To make the shrimp:

This can be started as the grits finish up. You may want to keep the grits in a warm oven if they finish first, as mine usually do.

Cook the bacon in a 12-inch skillet and remove bits from the pan when they are finished. You may pour off all but a couple tablespoons of bacon fat.

If you wish, you can add some neutral cooking oil to the bacon fat in the skillet, so you have a thin layer of cooking fat. Bring the fat in the skillet to a medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and cook for 5 minutes or so. Stir in the shrimp and cook until the shrimp start to color. Quickly turn them over and add the scallions, bacon, and garlic. Stir in the lemon juice and some hot pepper sauce, if you wish. Top with a sprinkling of parsley or save it for garnishing each serving.

Place the grits on warm plates and top with the shrimp mixture and serve immediately.

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