Shrimp and Grits

August 16, 2012

The real reason I went to BlogHer12 this year wasn’t for the seminars, the free booze, or the hotel view.  Getting to see a handful of bloggers I adore was definitely a big draw, as was the free place ticket I got with miles, but the real reason was because I have family in New York.

For many people just a couple of hours with relatives and they are DONE, but with my aunt and uncle it seems like whatever time we spend together is never enough.

When I was just a tiny girl my uncle taught me some of life’s most important skills, like how to make a salad, pour a beer, and wear cowboy boots.  And during my BlogHer stay he taught me how to make Shrimp and Grits, which was the best meal I had over the course of my trip (although the hotel food wasn’t hard to beat).  Although he didn’t walk me through step by step, he did give me the idea and set me straight on how to make grits.  Basically?  Don’t waste your time grinding corn because grits aren’t supposed to be gourmet.

When I got back to LA I called my mom to tell her that I had rich, cheesy grits with, of all things, shrimp on top!  And she said, “Oh, he made Shrimp and Grits!” like it was a common meal.  I guess it was a common dish for them growing up, and nobody ever told me about it.

Last night I made my own version of Shrimp and Grits which wasn’t the same as my uncle’s, but it was still really good.  We dug into it too quickly for me to get a decent picture, but I made mental notes while I was cooking so you can make Shrimp and Grits at home.  It’s delicious served with cold beer but would also serve as a great dish for Sunday Brunch.

Shrimp and Grits

1 1/2 lb medium shrimp, peeled and de-veined
1 red bell pepper, peeled and chopped
1 yellow onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic
6 cocktail tomatoes, quartered
1 can chicken broth
8 oz Quaker instant grits
1 cup shredded cheddar-jack
pinch cayenne
pinch paprika
black pepper
olive oil

Pour chicken broth into a glass measuring cup and add water to make 4 cups liquid.  Set aside.  In a large pan, pour olive oil to just cover bottom and turn on medium heat.  Add bell pepper, onion, and pinch cayenne and saute until just tender (about 5 minutes).

While veggies are cooking, pour broth liquid into a saucepan with lid. Add pinch paprika and one clove of minced garlic and bring to a boil.  Pour in grits, reduce heat to low, and cook while stirring until smooth and free of lumps (1-2 minuets).  Remove from heat and stir in cheese, cover to keep warm.

Add shrimp to veggies and crush in remaining cloves of garlic, cook until shrimp are all pink (2-3 minutes).  Remove from heat and stir in tomatoes.  Salt and pepper to taste and serve on top of grits (I layered mine atop a bed of sauteed spinach, then grits, then shrimp).


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5 Responses to Shrimp and Grits

  1. Joanie on August 16, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    What a beautiful tribute, Carrie!
    …and your recipe sounds wonderful!



  2. Christy D on August 16, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    I love, love, love shrimp and grits. Being a Southern girl grits are a staple and can’t imagine life without grits 🙂 They are very popular here in SC. This recipe looks tasty!



  3. Kir on August 16, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    That sounds absolutely delicious!!!!! And I’m so glad you got to see your family..and hug me!!!! 😉

    BlogHer was magical for a lot of reasons. Can’t wait to try this recipe my friend. Xo


  4. carole miller on August 17, 2012 at 5:48 am

    Never had shrimp and grits growing up in your mom’s house!!

    In fact don’t remember shrimp at all! And not many grits. Mimi must not have liked them!

    Maybe my lil sis can remember better than me!

    Sounds good tho and my lil bro is one of the best cooks ever except for his older brother and my 3 sons! Lots of competition in our family of men.

    Glad you had such a good visit, Carrie.


  5. Laural Out Loud on August 18, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    This really makes me wish I liked shrimp! I don’t do seafood, lol, but if I did I’d totally make this. I have family in Chicago that I LIKE, so I’m excited about BlogHer13!


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