Recipe: Southern Style Shrimp and Grits

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Southern Style Shrimp and Grits

Southern Style Shrimp and Grits

Shrimp and grits with loads of flavor.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: seafood, southern
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients

Grits

  • 1 cup Quaker Oats Old Fashioned Grits
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tsp chicken base
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Shrimp Sauce

  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 4 slices thick-cut bacon
  • 1/2 cup diced onion or 1 teaspoon of onion powder
  • 1/2 cup diced red or green bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup diced mushrooms
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 tsp cajun seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp dried fennel
  • 1 lbs jumbo shrimp deveined with tail-on
  • 1 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • crushed red pepper flakes and diced green onions (optional)

Instructions

Grits

  • In a large saucepan, add water, chicken base, cream, butter, and bring to a boil.
  • Slowly stir in the grits. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and cook for 12 - 14 minutes or until thicken.
  • Occasionally stir grits to prevent sticking and clumping. The grits should be nice and smooth. If clumping does occur, use a whisk to stir and remove the clumps. If it's too thick, add a little milk.
  • Stir in cheese until melted. Turn off the stove. Set grits aside and keep warm.

Shrimp Sauce

  • Rinse shrimp, pat dry, and set aside.
  • In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crispy. Remove bacon to a paper towel. Drain the pan, but keep at least 2 tablespoons of the bacon drippings.
  • On medium-low, sauté minced garlic, bell pepper, onion, and mushrooms in the bacon grease. After 5 minutes set to the side in a bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, add raw shrimp (pat dry) and olive oil and sprinkle 1/2 tsp of cajun seasoning. Sauté the shrimp in the skillet. After pink on both sides remove from skillet and add to a separate bowl.
  • In the same skillet, add butter, mushrooms, bell peppers, onions. Next add shrimp. Next add heavy whipping cream and stir. Next add 1 tsp of cajun seasoning, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, dried fennel, and smoked paprika. Heat for 2 minutes.
  • Once sauce is complete, serve over grits. Garnish with crushed red pepper flakes and diced green onions.
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