Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Easy Shrimp and Cheese Grits

Is there anything better than comfort food when the wind chill is 3 degrees?  I think not.  I find it interesting that the south creates some of the warmest, most soul pleasing dishes when in reality, the deep south never gets that cold.  Kentucky is a different story.  We love calling ourselves southerners, including myself, but this time of the year there is no place I'd rather be than the sunny beaches of Florida.  Or some tropical paradise in the caribbean.  Frankly anyplace that doesn't have snow or arctic blasts!  A girl can dream, right?

I've recently created a monster by introducing the man friend to grits.  No one is more surprised than me.  Although I wouldn't necessarily consider him a picky eater (actually I kind of do.  He won't eat burgers or anything formed into a shape, like meatloaf.  Who doesn't eat burgers?), I didn't expect him to actually ask for grits after having them once.  Low and behold the guy is full of surprises and he asked for shrimp and grits and crusty bread.  Since I will do anything for the people I care about, I served up this dish for him.

I'm not going to pretend to be the best seafood preparer in all the land.  As a matter of fact when we do eat shrimp he is the one that takes on the task of cooking them.  The very first meal he ever made for me was a shrimp po boy and imagine my surprise to find perfectly cooked shrimp on that amazing sandwich.  To say I was blown away is putting it mildly.  Hence, my guy is now my go-to for shrimp.  He will even devein those suckers.  I'm pretty lucky.  I'm going to let you in on a little secret now.  His special seasoning is a $1 cajun mix that you can apparently get at any Kroger store and it is good.  Three of my favorite things are now going on in this mix--him, seafood and saving money.

I had recently posted a grits recipe and explained all about Weisenberger Mills.  I'm in love with their grits.  They cook up so smooth and delicious so it's all I use.  You can order off their website here. And you are welcome.  Now let's enjoy some Easy Shrimp and Grits!

Easy Shrimp and Cheese Grits                                                    Printer Friendly

Serves 4

For the Grits

1 cup grits (if using quick cooking, follow their directions)
4 cups water
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 cup heavy cream (milk will work too)
2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese (feel free to use more)

In a large sauce pan or dutch oven, bring water and salt to a boil.  Whisk in grits and garlic powder.  Lower heat and let simmer for 20-25 minutes or until grits have thickened.  Stir in heavy cream and cook for 2-3 more minutes.  Remove grits from heat and stir in cheese until completely melted.  Serve immediately.

For the Shrimp

1 pound shrimp, deveined and cleaned
Cheap cajun seasoning
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons Olive oil

In a large skillet, melt butter and olive oil over medium low heat.

Rinse shrimp in a colander.   Pat dry with a paper towel.  Sprinkle on the cajun seasoning to taste, remembering that this stuff has a lot of sodium in it so go easy.  You can always add more later.

Transfer shrimp to skillet and saute for about 5 minutes or until they have all turned pink, turning at least once.  Remove from heat.

Place as many shrimp on top of a bowl of grits as you like.  The more the merrier!  Enjoy!

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