jen's georgia country style shrimp n grits

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By Jen Smallwood
from Tamarac, FL

this recipe is very special to me - as this recipe was picked and printed in the Blue Crab Bay Co.'s 2014 Calendar. Since then - I've had it published in 2 magazines; it seems it's not just one of my family's favorite - but some others like it as well. I hope if you try it - that you & yours enjoy it too...

serves 4 servings
prep time 15 Min
cook time 30 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For jen's georgia country style shrimp n grits

  • 8 slice
    smoked bacon
  • 4 c
    water
  • 2 c
    plus 2 tbsp. heavy cream, divided
  • 2 c
    grits (not instant)
  • 2 1/2 tsp
    salt, divided
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    fresh ground pepper, divided
  • 1/2 c
    butter
  • 2 Tbsp
    extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 clove
    garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 sm
    onion, diced
  • 1-2
    green onions, chopped
  • 1 lb
    shrimp, peeled and deveined, with tails attached
  • 1
    lemon, juiced
  • 1/2 tsp
    smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp
    dried parsley flakes
  • 1-2 tsp
    chesapeake bay seasoning
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How To Make jen's georgia country style shrimp n grits

  • 1
    Fry bacon until crispy, drain, and set aside. Save grease.
  • 2
    Bring water and 2 cups of heavy cream to a steady boil in a medium saucepan. Whisk in grits, 2 teaspoons of salt and a teaspoon of pepper. Reduce the heat to medium, place the butter on top of grits, and cover. Continue cooking for about 20 minutes; stirring frequently.
  • 3
    For the shrimp: Heat the oil and garlic in a large saucepan. Saute' the onion and green onion with the remaining salt & pepper over medium heat until softened.
  • 4
    Add the shrimp, and pour the lemon juice, paprika and parsley over them. Cook thoroughly. Add remaining heavy cream and half of the bacon grease. Simmer for a few minutes.
  • 5
    Spoon over the grits. Add the Chesapeake Bay Seasoning to the remaining bacon grease and drizzle over the dish.
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