I think the first time I heard reference to Grits was in an old John Wayne movie and the person talking about them turned his nose up and said they were basically gross. I didn’t give it any more thought until a few years ago when I started watching the Food Network, specifically Diners Drive Ins and Dives, and I started to see episodes where people were making Grits and I thought “Wait a minute. They don’t look gross” and a love affair with grits was born.
Now for the uninitiated Grits are merely coarse ground Corn Meal and a staple in any Southern, or in my case Northern, kitchen and they are a very versatile ingredient that can be made in many different ways but my absolute favorite is Shrimp and Grits.
Here’s my take on a classic Southern dish.
– 1 cup stone-ground grits
– Salt and pepper
– 1/4 cup butter
– 2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
– 1 pound shrimp, 35-40 peeled and deveined, left whole if small and roughly chopped if medium or large
– 6 slices smoked bacon, chopped into tiny pieces
– 4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
– 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
– 1 cup thinly sliced green onions, white and green parts
– 1/2 Medium white onion, diced
– 1 large garlic clove, minced
– 2 Tablespoons corn flour
– 1 Tsp of Cajun seasoning, Old Bay seasoning and Smoked Paprika
– 4 Cups chicken broth
– For the Grits bring 4 cups chicken broth to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add the grits and salt and pepper to taste. Stir well with a whisk. Reduce the heat to the lowest possible setting and cook the grits until all the broth is absorbed, about 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the butter and cheese. Keep covered until ready to serve.
– Rinse the shrimp and pat dry. Fry the bacon in a large skillet until browned and crisp, then drain on a paper towel. Add the diced onion and garlic to the bacon grease. Add two tablespoons corn flour and mix well. Let the flour cook out before adding enough chicken stock to make a roux to your liking. Mix in the Cajun seasoning, Old Bay and Smoked Paprika and bacon and blend well. Add the shrimp and sauté over medium heat just until they turn pink, about 3 minutes. Do not overcook! Remove the skillet from the heat.
– Pour the grits into a serving bowl. Pour the shrimp mixture over the grits and garnish with chopped green onion
I hope you enjoy this recipe and I thank you for dropping by.