Sooo, I know I said this recipe would be "coming soon," and I didn't REALLY mean "in the next thirty minutes" when I said that, but then I realized that I have something really exciting to tell you all tomorrow and shrimp and grits don't really jive with said big announcement. They're too full of... butter, cheese, bacon.... mmm....
But tonight, you all totally get the recipe. Because it is amazing.
Lindi found this recipe, called "in a hurry shrimp n' grits," over at the blog Eat, Live, Run. We were looking for something fun and fast to make for dinner, and shrimp was our one "luxury purchase" choice for the week. (Yep! We're all graduated and everything, and now we are MORE POOR than when we were still in college! Funny how that works. So, we get to choose one "special" non-basic food item per week or two weeks, depending on when we got shopping. This week, the $5 bag of shrimp was it.)
The original recipe was just for one, and we messed with the quantities a bit to make it more along the lines of what sounded good to us. The biggest change was the bacon. People, I love bacon, and you know what? I was a vegetarian for most of my life. True story. I was a vegetarian growing up because my whole family was, until I was about 16 and decided to start eating some meat on my own when I was out with friends or whatever. I really only ate chicken and turkey, though, because not having any red meat for the majority of my life meant that my body was very unhappy when I tried to eat it.
I ate some meat until I came to college, and my freshman year I decided on my own to be a vegetarian again. That lasted a few years, but then my doctor put me on an elimination diet to try and figure out why I have migraines, and most non-meat proteins were eliminated. I couldn't eat nuts, cheese or soy, so I started eating some chicken and turkey again. Then, I started going out to Lindi's grandmother's house for dinner a lot... and if you eat there, you eat whatever she puts in front of you. Seriously. Depression-era food thinking. She makes a whole bunch of food for every meal that people are there to eat, but it almost all includes some sort of meat. (Salads with ham! Bread made with bacon grease!)
Anyway. That's the very long-winded story of how I, the former vegetarian, was won over to the bacon camp.
Doesn't that look scrumptious? Here's how you can make your own:
1/2 cup quick grits
2 cups water
1/8 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
2/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 tsp butter
5 slices bacon (We use the low-sodium kind because otherwise it is sooooo salty.)
15 large, pre-cooked shrimp, deveined with the tails off
3 tsp minced garlic
4 scallions, chopped
1. Boil the water, then cook the grits with the salt and pepper according to the directions on the box. As soon as the water is absorbed, move off the burner and mix in the butter and cheese.
2. While the grits are cooking, cook the bacon in a large skillet on medium heat until crispy. Remove the bacon, but not the grease.
3. Add the shrimp to the pan and cook until they are a bit brown and heated through. (The original recipe called to use raw shrimp and only cook them for 30 seconds, but Lindi and I have an uncooked meat phobia and so we use pre-cooked shrimp instead.)
4. Take the shrimp out of the skillet. Crumble the bacon and put back into the skillet with the chopped scallions and garlic. Saute for about a minute.
5. Spoon the cheesy grits into two bowls and add the bacon-scallion mixture on top. Top with shrimp.
6. Enjoy the cheesy, bacony goodness!
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