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savory shrimp and grits cupcakes

★★★★★ 2
a recipe by
Kitchen Dreaming
Goose Creek, SC

My husband and I wanted to create a recipe for a savory cupcake. Our challenge: when people think of Charleston,SC what comes to mind? I mean, what says "Charleston"? We decided we would recreate what seems to be Charleston's most famous and often sought after dish, Shrimp and Grits, into the form of a savory cupcake. The most difficult part was making the grits into an edible yet savory cupcake. We needed it to retain the grit flavor yet have the consistency of a cupcake. This is our own original recipe which we entered into a local cupcake competition for charity.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

How adorable are these? What a unique way to present shrimp and grits. The flavors are fab. You could use the ham mousse a spread alone it's that tasty. You can bet your guests will be amazed when you serve these "cupcakes" at your next dinner party.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★★ 2
serves 12
prep time 5 Min
cook time 15 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For savory shrimp and grits cupcakes

  • 2 c
    flour, all-purpose
  • 1 Tbsp
    baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1 tsp
  • 2 lg
  • 1/2 stick
    butter, unsalted, melted
  • 1 c
    stone ground grits, prepared per pkg
  • 1 c
    cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 c
    scallions, chopped
  • 1/4 c
  • 6 oz
    tasso ham
  • 12 lg
    shrimp, peeled, deveined and roasted with creole seasoning
  • 1 Tbsp
    creole seasoning (to season the shrimp)
  • 8 oz
    cream cheese, room temperature

How To Make savory shrimp and grits cupcakes

  • 1
    Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • 2
    Mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • 3
    Add grits, eggs, melted butter, cheese, scallions and milk until just combined. **The dough will be VERY sticky. This is normal.
  • 4
    Drop by spoonfuls into lightly greased (regular sized) muffin tins. I think these would be great as mini muffins as well but have not timed the baking for this change. Bake for about 15 minutes** or until golden brown. A toothpick inserted in the center will come out clean. **Oven times may vary
  • 5
    Grind tasso ham in a food processor until finely chopped.
  • 6
    Cream together the cream cheese and the ham mixture.
  • 7
    Put a dollop of tasso ham mousse on top of each cupcake and top with one grilled or roasted shrimp.
  • 8
    NOTES: We found that leftover grits or grits which had come to room temperature worked the best in the dough formation. We also like these muffins best served fresh from the oven.