Mr. Food: Southern Shrimp and Grits

What You’ll Need

  • 4 slices bacon
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup old-fashioned grits
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1 pound frozen peeled and deveined medium-sized uncooked shrimp, thawed
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 2 scallions, sliced

What to Do

  1. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook bacon until crisp; remove bacon and drain on paper towels, reserving drippings in skillet. Crumble bacon.
  2. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan over high heat, bring water to a boil; stir in grits and salt, cover, and cook 15 minutes, or until thickened. Reduce heat to low, add cheese, and stir until melted.
  3. Heat drippings in skillet over medium-high heat. Add shrimp and garlic to skillet. Saute 3 minutes, or just until shrimp turn pink. Stir in lemon juice, hot sauce, and scallions and heat 1 minute.
  4. Spoon grits into a bowl, top with shrimp mixture, and sprinkle with bacon.

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