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Shrimp & Grits with Greens

Makes 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 on 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 sauté 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.
  • To serve: place the garlic cheese grits in a bowl and top with spinach, shrimp and bacon.