March 13, 2011

Shrimp and Grits and Greens!

It's still Mardi Gras Cajun Cuisine Week for a few more days
so tonight I made a Southern favorite:
Shrimp and Grits and Greens!

2 servings
1/2 pound peeled medium shrimp (about 16-18 shrimp total)
1 cup uncooked grits
3 cups water
2 cups fresh spinach
3 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
1 shallot, minced
1/3 cup heavy cream
salt/pepper to taste
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 slices bacon

In a medium saucepan, bring water to a boil with one minced garlic clove.
Add grits, stirring and lowering heat to med-low.
Season with salt and pepper and cook for five minutes, until thickened.

Remove from heat and stir in cheese and heavy cream.

Cook bacon until crispy.
Drain in paper towels and then chop into small pieces.
Reserve 2 tbsp bacon fat in pan.

Add shrimp and one minced clove garlic to pan.
Season with salt and pepper and saute until pink.
Remove from pan and keep warm.

Add remaining minced garlic clove and shallot to the pan and
cook for 1 minute, stirring often.

Add spinach to pan and toss and cook until flavorful and wilted, about 1-2 minutes.
Remove from heat.
Place the garlic cheese grits in a bowl and top with spinach, shrimp and bacon.

Bon Appetit my friends!

Happy Cooking!
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