March 15, 2012

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!

I have posted this recipe before ... way back when The Kitchen is My Playground was a wee 2 months old.  And I was using a point-and-shoot camera.  The pictures I took of Shrimp and Grits casserole with the point-and-shoot were especially terrible.  I've been itching to repost this with a better photo.  I can't say these pictures are totally wonderful (this casserole is really difficult to photograph!! ... at least for me), but they're at least a little better.

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.  The original recipe is from Cooking Light magazine, but I think I've tweaked it to put back in most of the bad things they worked so hard to take out. Oh well.

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: ...


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


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


Bake it up ...

... 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. 
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Shrimp and Grits Casserole
Adapted from Cooking Light magazine
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)
1 or 2 T. chopped fresh chives (you can also use dried)
3 T. fresh parsley or 1 T. dried parsley
1 T. lemon juice
1 egg
1 lb. peeled 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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12 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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