It took me 44 years to try this southern staple and I fuckin’ LOVED it. We were in New Orleans and I was just obsessing over the food. Ya know how they say “slap your mama good”? I was slapping all the mamas. Even your’s. Come at me, bro.
When I returned, I immediatly looked up recipes. Shrimp ‘n Grits was definitely going to be the first one to try and I finally did this weekend.
Warning…this is NOT a weight loss healthy point counting meal. I have no clue how many WW points or calories and I don’t want to know. But fuck it. Life is short.
Per usual, I read a bunch of different recipes and kind of made up my own. And, this is what happened…
Get This Stuff
For the grits…
Approximately 4 cups of Chicken Broth
2 tbsp Butter (the real shit)
1.5 cups Grits (I used Bob’s Red Mill)
Salt & Pepper
1 cup Half & Half
1.75 cups Shredded Cheese (I used cheddar jack)
For the shrimp…
1 tsp Olive Oil
2 lbs Large Raw Shrimp
Penzey’s Cajun Seasoning
1 Sliced Shallot
1 can Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes
Corn from 1 ear of Fresh Corn (because it’s better, that’s why)
Do these Things
Cooking the grits…
Pour 3 cups of the broth into a large pot. Add 2 tbsp butter and salt. Medium heat until butter melts. Slowly add the grits while stirring. Turn the heat down to low. Cook about 10 minutes. Keep stirring until the grits absorb all of the broth. Keep it at a creamy consistency, adding more broth as needed. I probably ended up adding another cup or so. Add half & half, pepper, and garlic powder. Cook for about another 10 minutes, stirring every couple of minutes (pay attention to it, yo). Once all cooked and dreamy creamy, turn off the flame. Add cheese and mix it in as it melts. Taste the gooey concoction and decide it you would like to add more salt, pepper, or garlic powder.
Cooking the shrimpadoos…
In a large skillet, add the olive oil and about 1 tbsp of butter. Heat on medium. Add sliced shallots, shrimp. and tomatoes. Add Cajun seasoning and cayenne (to your liking). Cook that shit up. Add corn and cook for another 2 minutes or so. Again, taste and decide if you’d like a little more of this or that. I personally think that tastes way better than this. But you be the judge.
Plop some of that cheesy gritty goodness onto a plate. Top with a good scoop of the shrimpy goodness. Slurp and enjoy, you dirty bastards.