Creamy Shrimp and Grits




So as we post one of my all-time favorite recipes I thought it would also be a good time to unveil our redesigned blog. This was long overdue and is a ongoing update. When we started this blog I was really new to blogging and what platforms to use but ended up choosing Blogger in the end, due primarily to the easier interface. Having immersed ourselves over the past year and a half to this blogging/foodie culture I wish I would have chosen to set up a Wordpress blog instead. It just seems that there are so many more hacks, widgets and templates available for Wordpress. However I have deep faith in Google and feel strongly that they will remain a blogging force or simply buy out the competition. Google recently released a new page feature in their dashboard which allows users to create static pages as seen here in Chef Fresco 2.0. We have also set up a fan page on Facebook for you to follow up on us as well. 2.0 has a new about and contact page for you to use and features a search bar (which I'm still having some issues with in earlier versions of Internet Explorer). Anyways enough about all that and on to the food!

Growing up in the south and being raised by a stock of eastern North Carolina mothers and their wonderful cooking has given me a deep-rooted respect for the grit. What a great food, grain, whatever you call it—I love it! Stone ground though... that's the only way to go. What better way to to top this southern delicacy then to put shrimp and bacon on it. Always remember that the key to success with this recipe is in the grits. Buy quality stone ground grits that have to be soaked before cooking. Then simply cook with a lot of unhealthy butter and milk until it bubbles into a thick mass of goodness. This is a great recipe that I cherish and would probably be my last supper if given the choice. I always make extra grits to reheat in the morning with eggs. That's all for now enjoy the new blog design. One other thing - click the images on new posts to see a larger version. -Michael

Ingredients

  • 2 cups stone-ground grits
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 5 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 3 1/2 cups 2% milk
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 pack bacon, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 lb large shrimp

Directions

  1. Put grits in a large bowl. Add enough water to cover. Soak for 45 minutes, then drain.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Saute garlic and onion until onion is softened, about 4-5 minutes.
  3. Add grits, stock, milk, butter, salt and pepper. Simmer until thickened, approximately 20-30 minutes, stirring often to prevent grits from sticking (caution: this bubbling deliciousness will splat and burn you, so stir carefully).
  4. Meanwhile, heat a large pan over medium-high and add bacon pieces. Brown until almost done and drain a majority of the oil (leaving about 1-2 tbsp). Add peppers and cook until beginning to soften. Add shrimp and cook until cooked through.
  5. Spoon grits onto plates and top with shrimp mixture. Try to not eat the whole pot - believe me grits expand in your belly and you'll have to ride the couch all night.

11 comments:

Sharon said...

I love the redesign! I'm the same way, just choose Blogger and now wish I had chosen something else.

Shrimp 'n Grits is one thing I have always wanted to make...but never gotten around to. I think you've finally inspired me. Looks delicious.

Chef E said...

Wow I had to come back, because somehow I missed this great dish! and the new look, so cool you frescoians!

Chef E'lizabeth

Trix said...

Yeah, the site looks great. I heart shrimp and grits, your photos of the dish are luscious.

grace said...

the new look is stellar, folks! very outstanding.
meanwhile, i need to state that if i had a choice, grits would be a component of my last meal. i. love. them. excellent recipe (sans shrimp...). :)

♥peachkins♥ said...

I absolutely love the new lay-out! Stunning photo!

Esi said...

I've never had shrimp and grits. I need to remedy that. The site looks great!

Cakebrain said...

nice new look! I'll admit I've never had grits but the pic looks so enticing! I love shrimp too so it's got to be yummy!

Mary said...

I really love your new look. You've done a great job with the redesign. Have a great weekend.

Conor @ HoldtheBeef said...

Am loving the new design, nice work!

Grits live in the weird-American-food-I-don't-quite-know-or-understand part of my brain ;) but from looking at these photos I get the feeling I may be a grits fan.

Hornsfan said...

MMMM MMMMM Delicious, this dish look so tasty!! The new design to the site is great too : )

Debbie said...

I'm definitely a shrimp and grits fan. City Grocery in Oxford, MS makes an awesome dish of them.

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