Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Shrimp & Grits

A Southern staple made its way onto our dinner plates one night last week. I had a sudden craving some some shrimp and grits; luckily, I had a bag of shrimp in the freezer and grits on hand in my new canisters.
For the shrimp, add 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil to a skillet along with a couple cloves of pressed garlic.  I use my garlic press from Pampered Chef and love it! Heat the oil before adding the shrimp and then sprinkle with Old Bay seasoning and fresh ground pepper. Shrimp cooks really quickly so they only need a couple minutes on each side.

The grits, however, need a little longer to cook. I followed the directions on the package to boil 1 cup of water and 2 cups of milk. Once the liquid reaches boiling, add 1 cup of the grits and lower the heat. The grits need to cook about 25 minutes. Stir every few minutes, though, to make sure they do not stick to the bottom of the pan. Once cooked, remove from the heat and add a 1-2 tablespoons of butter and 1/2 cup of cheddar cheese. I used a three cheddar blend since that's what we had on hand.
Add those plump shrimp to the bowl full of creamy, cheesy grits. I'm sure a Southerner would put my shrimp and grits to shame, but I think I did alright considering it was my first time cooking shrimp at home. Yep, besides defrosting cooked shrimp for shrimp cocktail this was the first time I had even bought shrimp!
Well actually about five years I bought some shrimp skewers from Fareway and grilled them up at Mom and Dad's house. I cooked them way too long and they were like shoe leather. But I still ate them! It was a bad decision, though, because the next day I was layed up all day with what had to be food poisoning. Not sure why, though, because those babies were definitely not undercooked! Pretty sure that's the underlying reason shrimp failed to make an appearance back into my kitchen until now!

Kaydin deemed this dish a winner. Well, the "french" anyway. She loved the french in her bowl, aka shrimp. She picked all those out and left most of the grits.  Oh well, at least she loved half of it! I think my favorite part of the bowl were the crispy pieces of garlic! You can never go wrong with fresh garlic in your meal!

Now to switch gears to life outside of the kitchen...I am fighting an extreme case of jealousy. Tim flies to New York tomorrow for a fraternity meeting. I whined hoping to tag along but it didn't work.  I guess it's ok though cuz I already had other plans.  Kaydin and I will be making the trip to Mom and Dad's to spend some time with family at my cousin's wedding. Also tagging along will be Squeaky and Ciara. I love taking them back home so they can run and explore but the car ride with all of us in my little Stratus is anything but glamorous.  Kaydin shares the backseat with Squeaky and I split the armrest with Ciara's snout. They both actually do pretty good in the car but I've been wishing for a dog car, or ideally an SUV so my car can lose the title of Fur-Mobile.  Here's hoping....