Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Shrimp and Grits

From  Creole /Cajun country  this  combo makes for a flavorful and fast dinner--quick-cooking grits come together in about 5 minutes.
Serves   4         Total time: 24 Minutes

4           center-cut bacon slices, chopped
1/2       cup chopped onion
1          tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
8         ounces cremini mushrooms, quartered
5         garlic cloves, chopped
3-1/4      cups unsalted chicken stock, divided
3/4     cup black coffee
1/2     cup lower-sodium tomato juice
1        tablespoon red wine vinegar
1        teaspoon sugar
1/2    teaspoon ground red pepper
1/4    teaspoon kosher salt, divided
2       tablespoons cornstarch
1       pound peeled and deveined medium shrimp
2       cups whole milk
1      cup uncooked quick-cooking grits
1/2    cup chopped seeded tomato
2      green onions, chopped

1. Cook bacon over medium-high heat until crisp. Add onion, thyme, mushrooms, and garlic; sauté 6 minutes or until onions and mushrooms are golden brown. Add 1 1/4 cups chicken stock, coffee, next 4 ingredients (through red pepper), and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer 4 minutes. Add cornstarch, stirring with a whisk until smooth. Add shrimp; simmer 4 minutes or until shrimp are done.

2. Bring remaining 2 cups stock, remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt, and milk to a boil in a medium saucepan; add grits, stirring with a whisk. Reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes, stirring frequently with a whisk.

3. Place 1/2 cup grits in each of 4 shallow bowls; top each serving with 1 cup shrimp mixture. Sprinkle each serving with 2 tablespoons tomato and about 1 tablespoon green onions.

Heart healthy


  1. This sounds like a delicious quickie meal. They are all ingredients I have on hand all the time. We love seafood of all kinds. The black coffee kind of threw me. I don't know about that. But I will give it a try. I might throw in some scallops too.
    Luv PIC

  2. Hahaha ... The coffee is to give the grits a color , you will not taste the coffee but you can omit it all together . The scallops is a good to and all my recipes you can add or subtract to make them your own , that's what I do , I omit things I don't like or care to eat and add what I like Hahaha.
    Love PIC


Come on in , set awhile and have a cup of tea and cookies , as always you are welcome .