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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Shrimp, and Peppers, and Grits -- Oh my!


You can click on that picture if you want,
but I'm afraid you still won't be able to taste it!

Not being a southerner (in geography) I have never prepared Shrimp and Grits. I suppose that makes me a pretty lousy southerner (at heart), though I have enjoyed this dish many times, even in Ohio. I saw this recipe a few weeks ago at Cooking Light and put it on my mental list of dishes to try. Then, I put it on my menu -- three times. Twice it was replaced with something else because of our family's schedule. But, last night I finally made it and after one bite my husband said, "This has to go on the blog" -- a statement that means, "I would most definitely eat this again." It was a five thumbs up dinner, and it was so quick and easy it will definitely make it to the menu again soon. Honestly -- this was a 30-minute meal, even with peeling shrimp. If you buy frozen shrimp, put them in the fridge the night before so they are thawed when you need them.

I admit I changed the recipe a little, and I probably ruined the "low-fativity," but after eating it, I can not imagine having not used regular bacon -- it just put the dish over the top, taste-wise.

Shrimp, Peppers and Grits
serves 4-5

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4 strips bacon

1 cup red bell pepper strips

1 cup green bell pepper strips

1 (10-ounce) can diced tomatoes and green chiles, drained

1 1/2 pounds medium shrimp, peeled and deveined

1/2 cup chopped green onions

1 2/3 cups milk
16-ounces low-sodium chicken broth
1 cup uncooked quick-cooking grits

1 cup (4 ounces) shredded reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese
(I used regular)
Cook bacon in a skillet over medium heat until lightly browned and almost crisp, stirring frequently. Add bell peppers; cook about 8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add tomatoes; cook 3 minutes. Add shrimp; cook 3-5 minutes. Stir in green onions; keep warm.
While bacon and vegetables are cooking, combine milk and broth in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, and stir in grits. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and cook for 5 minutes or until thick, stirring occasionally. Stir in cheese. Serve shrimp mixture over grits.

Source: adapted from Cooking Light


Nicole said...

That looks sooo good, Barbara! We often have grits for breakfast, I wonder what the kids would think if we had them for supper? I will try this soon! Thanks!

LauraSuz said...

This is a dish I would have seen and passed right over but maybe I'll give it a try now.

Was the texture different with the grits and shrimp?

scmom (Barbara) said...

Laura, I'm not sure what you're asking -- do you mean different from each other -- the shrimp and grits -- or different from something else?