Friday, November 18, 2016

Shrimp and Grits--a Different Version

Missy Tippens (The Belle)

Shrimp and grits is an item seen frequently in restaurants in the south, and it's one of my favorites. Last week when I visited a Sprouts Farmers Market for the first time (I LOVED it!), I found large shrimp on sale and bought a pound. I started throwing together my own version of the dish based on ingredients on hand and on what I thought would taste good.

1 lb. cleaned and de-veined shrimp
1 cup grits (I prefer regular, long-cooking grits but only had quick-cook ones on hand)
1 cup Cream or half-and-half
3 cups water
1 package sliced baby bella mushrooms
about 3 TBS butter
About 1 cup red wine
Dash of Worcestershire sauce

If not already done, peel and de-vein the shrimp.

Bring milk and water to a simmer and stir in the grits. (Basically, follow package directions for 4 servings, however replace some of the water with milk/cream/half-and-half.)

In a skillet, heat some olive oil and about 3 TBS butter. Add the mushrooms and cook until softened.

Stir the shrimp in a bowl with a drizzle of olive oil and any spices you might like. I used kosher salt and pepper.

LOOK!! I attended a meeting of on Saturday at a church member's home. One of the guests brought a really, really cute arrangement as a hostess gift. I heard her say she got it at Sprouts. So when I saw them there that afternoon, I bought one for myself!

It has rosemary, sage and thyme! It's so pretty I hate to use it. But I do plan to snip some to use in my cooking. :)
Gobble, gobble.
Add a cup or so of red or white wine and a dash of Worcestershire sauce to the mushrooms. I love mushrooms cooked in red wine, however you might like white wine better with shrimp. Either way, let the wine cook down until it has reduced at least in half. (The alcohol cooks off.)

Add the shrimp and toss until cooked through. This only takes 3 or 4 minutes! Season the grits with salt and pepper. Top with the shrimp and mushrooms. YUM!

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  1. Oh, this looks delicious! I love mushrooms.

    Funny thing. When I came to the page and was waiting for it to load, I thought cut off picture of the package was an arm with a tattoo on it. I was wondering why anybody would have SPROUTS Farmers Market tattooed on themselves and whose arm it was. LOL

    1. LOL, Mary Virginia!!! Maybe there's something I didn't tell you. ;)

    2. That would be some real brand loyalty, hahaha!

  2. Hmmmm, northerner expressing doubts about grits. But I'm willing to be convinced!

    The shrimp part looks lovely!

    I'm just joking about the grits really because I'm not sure I've ever had them. My understanding about grits is that it all depends on whether they're cooked properly or not. Obviously you know how to do them right.

    I love your plant basket. It must scent the room nicely. A few years ago out farmer's market sold table wreaths made of rosemary, thyme and sage. Such a lovely scent and they were handy when I wanted to use them. Unfortunately, it didn't stay fresh very long, but I did save some of the dried herbs.

    1. Mary Cate, you definitely need to try grits at least once, especially if you like corn. :)

  3. Oh, Missy, a true Southern dish! I tried a taste of grits in Nashville... and they were good. That was the first time they were good... and I'd sworn off them years ago (kind of like scrapple in PA Dutch country)....but these were cooked to a rice-like consistency. I guess the softer cooked version don't work for me... Now the shrimp and mushrooms, oh, darlin' I'm in on them! :) Virtually no carbs and utter deliciousness!

    We're waiting for the weather change this weekend, and I'm determined to hang my Christmas garland today because the coming week looks cold and rainy... so today's nice weather is more inviting for this stuff... #thatperson #earlyChristmas #deckthehalls

    And then next weekend, I can hit the switch and see pretty lights!!!

    1. Ruthy, today is hot! Upper 70's. but tomorrow is supposed to drop into 50's. I prefer hot! But it would be odd at the holidays. :) Send photos of your decorating!

    2. Missy, sounds like y'all are getting the same front that rolled in here this morning. We hit a record high of 87 Wednesday, 81 yesterday and we might make it to 64 today, but tomorrow's supposed to be even cooler with lows in the 30's. All I can say is FINALLY!

  4. I'm a northerner who loves grits! And this dish looks fabulous.

    I love that centerpiece. It will be a great addition to your Thanksgiving decorations - pretty AND useful. And now I'm wondering if our local greenhouse would have small pots of herbs I could use to make one...

    1. Jan, it would be fun to make your own centerpiece with herbs!

  5. Missy, I love shrimp and grits, not to mention mushrooms. Matter of fact, hubby was just asking me to make shrimp and grits the other night. I turned him down because it would have involved a trip to the store. Now you've got me craving it! Guess what I'll be making soon?

    1. Mindy, tell hubby I said, "You're welcome." ;)