March 15, 2012

Shrimp and Grits Casserole

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A creamy and comforting Southern staple in casserole form ~ delicious Shrimp and Grits Casserole.

Shrimp and Grits Casserole


Shrimp and grits.  It's totally a southern-tradition dish with which I was absolutely unfamiliar until I moved to North Carolina.  I'll admit, I was afraid to try it at first. And now?  It's one of my favorites!

Now, a lot of shrimp and grits dishes are spicy - this one certainly is not. It's a very mild-flavored, cheesy, shrimpy grits casserole-style dish, without the typical spice.  

Shrimp and Grits Casserole

To whip up this Southern favorite, start by cooking up your grits. I've learned from my Southern friends, who've grown up cooking grits, that the secret to good grits is to add the grits to the liquid mixture very slowly. Whisk them constantly while you're adding the grits, and cook them until they're very thick.

When you're just starting they'll look like this: ...

Making Shrimp and Grits Casserole

... and will look nice and thick like this when they're done:

Making Shrimp and Grits Casserole

Once your grits are cooked, stir in some Parmesan, cream cheese, chives, parsley, shrimp, and other good stuff.

Making Shrimp and Grits Casserole

Bake it up ...

Shrimp and Grits Casserole
  
... and serve up a big ol' plate full.  Then dig in to this creamy comfort food.  I like mine with a side of lima beans or sauteed cabbage.

Yuuuuuuuum.  It's total comfort on a plate. 

Shrimp and Grits Casserole
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Shrimp and Grits Casserole
Adapted from Cooking Light magazine
(Printable recipe)
Ingredients
  • 2 c. milk {I use whole milk, but any 'slimmer' variety is fine too}
  • 3/4 c. chicken broth
  • 1 c. quick-cooking grits
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 c. shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 T. butter
  • 4 oz. cream cheese {less fat Neufchatel-type is fine}
  • 2 T. chopped fresh chives {or you can use dried}
  • 3 T. chopped fresh parsley {or 1 T. dried parsley}
  • 1 T. lemon juice
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 lb. peeled raw shrimp, roughly chopped
Directions
  1. Bring milk and chicken broth to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Gradually add grits and salt to pan, stirring constantly with a whisk. Cook 5 minutes or until thick, stirring constantly.
  2. Remove grits from heat. Stir in Parmesan, butter, and cream cheese until melted; then stir in remaining ingredients.
  3. Spoon grits mixture into a 11x7" baking dish generously coated with cooking spray. Bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes, or until set and the top is just starting to get some golden brown areas.
Enjoy!


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18 comments:

  1. I'm from Utah, grits have not yet arrived. But I do love shrimp and this dish looks delicious.I will try it.

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  2. Southern food is something I've always wished I knew more about. I just KNOW there are dishes out there that I'd love that I haven't heard about. Case in point: this casserole. It looks yummy!

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  3. I've lived in Alabama and Mississippi my entire life, so southern cooking is definitely my thing. This looks like a very good shrimp and grits recipe. I'll be trying it very soon. Visiting from Serenity Now.

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  4. This looks good! Though I'm pretty sure I've never had grits before...maybe when I visited the South several years ago. Thanks so much for sharing at Scrumptious Sunday at Addicted to Recipes! Hope to see you at the next link party, starting Sunday!

    http://iamaddictedtorecipes.blogspot.com

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  5. I am a northerner...never had grits...was looking for something different and easy to put on my Christmas buffet table...this has become a staple...I don't know what shrimp and grits is supposed to taste like , but this stuff is good

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  6. Oh yes....this does look good. Thanks for sharing and my husband is going to love this.

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  7. You know I love my grits, I am a Southerner, but I have never tried them with Shrimp. This is now on my to-do list. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. I love Shrimp & Grits, this is a keeper! thanks for joining us at Saturday Dishes http://www.callmepmc.com/2013/02/saturday-dishes-fish-shrimp-call-me-pmc.html
    Hope you come to the partys SAturday the theme is Casseroles this week.
    Paula pmctunejones@gmail.com

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  9. Thanks for linking at HammockTracks last week. I have featured you and I hope that you'll add any other casseroles you'd like to share to this week's link up.

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  10. Thanks for joining us at Saturday Dishes, Pinned to Saturday Dishes board ~ Paula

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  11. This looks so great! I'm going to try this for sure! Thanks for sharing it at Saturday Dishes :)

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  12. Made this tonight for dinner and all I have to say is, "Dear Mother of God this was incredible!!!"

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  13. I have not had much experience with grits either, but have always wanted to try shrimp and grits. This looks wonderful!

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  14. I love grits...garlic cheese grits are one of my favorites...this looks delish! Thanks for sharing with the Thursday Blog HOp!

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  15. Two of my favorites...Shrimp and grits. This looks delicious. Thanks so much for the recipe.

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  16. I've been making grits for years. But we always have them for breakfast. This looks wonderful! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite things blog hop. Watch for your feature on Monday xo

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  17. My husband would flip for this! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!

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  18. Congratulations!
    Your recipe had the most views at our party last week! Hope you enjoyed your feature at Full Plate Thursday this week and your new Red Plate. Have a great day and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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