Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Cooking with Beautifully Complex: Shrimp n' Grits

I have Mr. Mixologist to thank for exposing me to the low country delight that is Shrimp n' Grits.  He has made it for me on numerous occasions and when dining out, I always like to try it to see and taste the different variations of this dish.  At my birthday dinner, I ordered it and enjoyed it so much that I promised myself that I was going to try my hand at making it myself just to see how it would come out. There are several recipes online but I settled on one & then just tweaked it a little bit to my liking.

Shrimp n' Grits Recipe 

Chopped Bell Pepper
I made two slight changes to this recipe.

First, I added 1/2 cup of diced bell pepper because I saw this in
other recipes & I like the texture and taste.

Oh & some people call what I call green onions, "scallions". FYI

Chopped Green Onions

Fried Bacon ! 

I rarely eat regular bacon these days, but I wanted to stick to the recipe. 
I love my turkey bacon but I must say this pork was good ! LOL

Chopped Bacon 

Grits Cookin' 

A second change I made was......
Instead of 4 cups of water I cooked the grits with 1 cup of milk & 3 cups of water to make them just a little bit creamier.

Chopped Parsley 

Sauteed Shrimp & bell pepper

Now on to the shrimp .......
First I sauteed the bell pepper in the pan I cooked the bacon in. I poured out almost all of the bacon fat & just left a light film in the pan, then cooked the shrimp.

The rest of the veggies & bacon

Cheesy Grits ! 

Voila !

Excuse the presentation but I was hungry & an anxious to try it. LOL

The finished product 

The one thing I would do differently next time is to make a bit of gravy for the shrimp mixture. Mr. Mixologist knows how to make gravy, but I really don't. Mine always comes out tasting pasty. There are several recipes that add cream or milk to the shrimp mixture & next time, I may try one of those, but overall this was a good recipe and tasted pretty darn good.

Have you ever had Shrimp n' Grits ?

Have you tried any new recipes lately ?

Beautifully Complex 


Tarsha! said...

I LOVE shrimp and grits!!!! Because of my 'pressha' I don't eat it often but when I do I go all out!!!!!My shrimp and grits recipe includes dry white wine in the sauce/gravy.

Yours looks soooo delicious and is making me want to add it to our dinner menu in the very near future!!

Nae said...

I LOVE shrimp and grits but have never made it at home. Thanks for this, I think I will make this for my Honey this weekend ;-)

Beautifully Complex said...

That sounds yummy !Everything tastes better with wine LOL. And you already know, I love everything you cook:)

Beautifully Complex said...

It is really quick & easy. Hope you enjoy it !

sayitlikethis said...

Shrimp & grits is the BOMB!! Love them! And I make my grits like you make yours, with milk to make them creamy. So good!

The newest recipe I've tried was parmesan crusted tilapia. Made it for my friends before we went to the Sheila E. concert and they LOVED it.

Beautifully Complex said...

That sounds really good. I love Talapia ! I use it to make fish tacos. I so easy to pan sear it.

Reggie said...

I live in the Low Country and I absolutely love shrimp n grits.