Date Night In – Shrimp & Grits Style

The hubby and I had a date night in Friday night after Mikayla went to bed. We tried making a new recipe for dinner. Shrimp and Grits! (chicken for me since I don’t like shrimp). We used Paula Deen’s recipe and it turned out awesome!

  • 1 cup   stone-ground grits
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup  butter
  • 2 cups  shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1 pound  shrimp, peeled and deveined, left whole if small and roughly chopped if  medium or large
  • 6 slices bacon, chopped into tiny pieces
  • 4 teaspoons  fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons  chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 cup  thinly sliced green onions, white and green parts
  • 1 large  garlic clove, minced

Directions

1. To make the shrimp and grits recipe, bring 4  cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add the grits and salt and pepper to  taste. Stir well with a whisk. Reduce the heat to the lowest possible setting  and cook the grits until all the water is absorbed, about 10 to 15 minutes.  Remove from the heat and stir in the butter and cheese. Keep covered until ready  to serve.

2. Rinse the shrimp and pat dry. Fry the bacon in  a large skillet until browned and crisp, then drain on a paper towel. Add the  shrimp to the bacon grease in the skillet and saute over medium heat just until  they turn pink, about 3 minutes. Do not overcook! Immediately add the lemon  juice, parsley, green onions, and garlic. Remove the skillet from the heat.

3. Pour the grits into a serving bowl. Pour the  shrimp mixture over the grits. Garnish with the bacon bits.

I highly recommend it! It is time-consuming but we enjoyed some music and wine while cooking together and it was nice not to have to rush to eat! We already have a few ideas for our next dinner date night in. Stay tuned!

~CB

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