“Grits? What the heck are grits?” This has been a common reaction for many people not living in the south. A bowl of grits is no stranger in the southern regions of America. Most commonly consumed during breakfast, grits have found their way to dinner tables across the country.
Grits refers to a ground-corn food of Native American origin, that is common in the Southern United States and mainly eaten at breakfast. Modern grits are commonly made of alkali-treated corn known as hominy.
When many people try shrimp and grits for they first time, they become hooked. There are several variations with several different ingredients to choose from. This meal can be made with just a little bit of work and practice.
1 1/2 pounds 26-30 count shrimp
2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon dried Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
2 cups water
2 chicken bouillon cubes
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup quick cooking grits
1 tablespoon tomato paste
3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
3 1/2 ounces sharp Cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup chicken stock
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
4 ounces diced pancetta
1 sliced green onion
- Season the shrimp and set aside.
- Start preparing the grits. To cook the grits add the water, bouillon cubes, and butter to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Slowly add the grits and stir with a wire whisk for about 5 minutes. Then, add the tomato paste, cream, and cheese. Keep whisking for another minute or two until it becomes creamy.
- Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large skillet and saute garlic and diced pancetta for about 1 minute. Add the shrimp and cook just until done. Remove and set aside.
- Add 1 tablespoon butter to pan and melt. Add the flour and cook several minutes until it reaches a medium-tan color. Then slowly add the chicken stock and cream. Whisk together for about 2 minutes, then whisk in Worcestershire and hot sauce. Set aside.
- Spoon grits onto plate and top with shrimp and sauce. Garnish with green onions.
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