RECIPE: Southern Style Shrimp and Grits

Southern Style Shrimp and GritsThere are so many great things about Shrimp and Grits. A.) It’s delicious B.) You can always make it your own by adding different ingredients C.) You can have it for breakfast, lunch, or dinner (or all three!)

So get out your best southern grits and get cooking!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup coarsely ground grits
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • Pepper to taste
  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • 2 pounds uncooked shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1/2 lb. of  bacon
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese

Directions

Bring water, grits, and salt to a boil in a heavy saucepan with a lid. Stir in half-and-half and simmer until grits are thickened and tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Set aside and keep warm.

Sprinkle shrimp with salt and pepper; drizzle with lemon juice. Set aside in a bowl.

Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat, turning until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Retain bacon drippings in skillet. Transfer bacon slices to paper towels, let it cool, and crumble.

Cook and stir green, red, and yellow bell peppers, onion, and garlic in the bacon drippings until the onion is translucent. Stir in shrimp and cooked vegetables, mix to combine.

Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat; stir in flour to make a smooth paste. Turn heat to low and cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture is medium brown in color. Pour the butter-flour mixture into the skillet with shrimp, and vegetables. Place the skillet over medium heat and pour in chicken broth, bacon and Worcestershire sauce, cooking and stirring until the sauce thickens and the shrimp become opaque and bright pink.

Just before serving, mix sharp Cheddar cheese into grits until melted and grits are creamy and light yellow. Serve shrimp mixture over cheese grits.