Spicy Cheesy Grits

I always wonder to myself  why I don’t fix grits more often.  I like them; in fact I love them, at least in the savory form.  I don’t remember eating them as a kid and I don’t know that I’d ever had them before I’d tried the shrimp and grits a gal at work made a couple of years ago. Today I did a deliciously spicy and cheesy version.

  • 1 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1/3 cup grits
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1 Tbs sour cream
  • salt and pepper to taste

Bring stock to a boil and add grits and crushed red pepper.  Simmer covered over low heat for about 12 minutes or until most of the liquid is absorbed.  Add cheese; cover and let rest for about 5 minutes.  Stir in sour cream; check if flavor adding salt and pepper if needed.

Enjoy ~ Kimberly

Shrimp and Grits ~ my midwestern take on this southern style dish

Just a quick post today for some wonderful shrimp and grits I made for dinner.  A lady I used to work with showed me how to make some tasty shrimp and grits so I thought I would give it a try on my own.  I really enjoyed my version and I think Charles did too ~ will definately be making this again soon.

  • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 1/3 cup quick cooking grits
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 strips bacon
  • 2 diced jalapeno
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 12 o.z. shrimp
  • 2 cloves garlic ~ minced
  • 1/2 cup crushed tomato
  • 1/4 tsp thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste

Bring chicken stock to a boil in small sauce pan.  Stir in grits and reduce heat to low; cover and simmer for about 12 minutes or until mostly thickened.  Stir in cheddar cheese and salt.

Meanwhile cook bacon until desired crispness.  Set bacon aside to drain on paper towels and reserve bacon grease in skillet returning to heat; add jalapeno and onion to hot bacon grease and sauté for about 2 minutes .

Add shrimp and cook for about 5 minutes or until cooked though.  Stir in garlic; remove from heat and stir in crushed tomato.  Add thyme and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Enjoy ~ Kimberly