Mr. Pete's Southern Shrimp & Cheesy Grits
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- 1 lb
- large shrimp, peeled with tail on and deveined
- 4 c
- grits (don't forget the ingredients required to prepare your grits)
- 2 Tbsp
- mr. pete's cajun seasoning
- 1 c
- stock or water (i use a seafood stock)
- 2 c
- heavy cream
- 1 stick
- butter or margarine
- 1 c
- grated cheddar cheese
- 3 Tbsp
- all-purpose flour
- 1 Tbsp
- garlic, minced
- 1 c
- green onions, diced
- salt to taste
Begin by cooking the grits according to your package directions. I prefer to cook my grits on the stovetop, but microwaveable grits will do as well. Once you have prepared your grits, on a stove top in a saucepan, add 1 cup of heavy cream to your grits. You can add more to get the right consistency. You are looking for a creamy texture as shown in the photo (not dry or liquidy). Once you have obtained the right consistency, add the shredded cheddar cheese and mix well. Set aside.
It is important to note here that shrimp cook very fast. Overcooking the shrimp can hurt your entire dish. So check your heat and monitor your time during the cooking stage.
Once the shrimp have been peeled, sprinkle 1 tablespoon of Mr. Pete's Cajun Seasoning to shrimp and mix to coat the shrimp well. Melt 3 tablespoons of butter in a skillet on medium/high heat. Once butter is melted, lower your temp to medium and add your shrimp to the pan. Cook them on each side for 3 to 4 minutes, depending on the size of your shrimp. I used 16-20 count, and cooked them for 7 minutes (3 1/2 minutes on each side). Remove the shrimp from the pan, and set aside.
*** Do not remove the seasoning bits from the pan. We will use this in the next step.
Keeping the seasoning bits in the pan for added flavor, increase your heat back to medium/high. Add 3 tablespoons of butter and 3 tablespoons of flour stirring well to create a roux for the sauce. Once your roux has achieved a light tan color, add your minced garlic and half of your green onions. Cook for 2 minutes to soften.
You will want to spoon a heaping amount of cheesy grits into a bowl. Add a half dozen or so shrimp on top of the grits. Drizzle the sauce on top of shrimp and garnish with your remaining green onions.
When enjoying your plate of Southern Shrimp & Cheesy Grits, make sure to get you a spoonful of the grits with a taste of the sauce. While pinching the tail, bite the shrimp and taste the grits and sauce for maximum flavor! Trust me, this dish will have your taste buds flowing and craving more! You'll Get Hooked On It!!!