FAB RECIPE: SHRIMP & GRITS

Shrimp and Grits doesn't have to take long to make. You will be eating fabulously in under 35 minutes with my quick shrimp and grits recipe | www.eatingfabulously.com

Shrimp and grits have been on my mind lately. I do order this dish when Im dining out but it has been on my mind lately for the blog. As it gets cooler and we head into winter, Im surfing my archives for comfort foods. I came across my old shrimp and grits recipe I used back in the day at the restaurant but to be honest I wasn't too fond of that one anymore. 


For this new updated recipe, I swapped out the cream for a rich tomato based sauce, and I added some bacon. And lets face it, who doesn't love bacon? As for the grits, I updated those too, going back to grits rather than polenta from my previous recipe. The main thing that came from this recipe besides new flavor is a shorter cooking time. Shrimp and grits can take a while to make, but with this new recipe you can eat fabulously in under 40 minutes. 

Shrimp & Grits 

3 garlic cloves, sliced 
1/2 red onion, chopped 
4 strips of thick slab bacon, cubed
1 lb. raw white shrimp, peeled and deveined 
1 box of Pomi strained tomato, use 1/2 the box 
1/2 c. chicken stock 
juice of half a lemon 
3T. butter 
2T. sugar 
chili powder 
salt 
black pepper 
Garlic Parmesan Grits


Garlic Parmesan Grits 

1/2 c. quick 5 min grits 
1 c. water 
6T. half-n-half 
1/4 c. shredded parmesan cheese 
garlic powder 
butter 
salt 
pepper 

For shrimp: In a large deep sauté pan over medium heat, add cubed bacon and cook, rendering out fat for about 5 minutes. When fat is rendered add red onions, garlic and sauté for another 5 minutes. Next add tomato, chicken stock, salt, pepper, sugar and chili powder. Simmer tomato sauce over low heat for 10 minutes. Add butter and adjust seasoning to your taste. If your sauce has reduced and has become too thick, add a little chicken stock to loosen. Add raw shrimp and continue to cook just until shrimp turn pink. Adjust seasoning to your liking and spoon over hot garlic parmesan grits. 

For grits: Bring water to a boil and whisk in grits. Continue to whisk grits until lumps are gone and allow to simmer for 5 minutes. When grits are cooked add in half and half, butter, parmesan cheese and season with garlic powder, salt and pepper to your taste. Place in a large deep bowl and spoon shrimp on top. 

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