Shrimp and grits is one of my favorite southern dishes to make. I always like to try it at different restaurants to see the various ways to make it, and then tweak my own recipe. My favorite version of this dish is that made at Clawson's Restaurant in Beaufort, NC. My recipe is based on the Clawson's version, but with a few tweaks I have added from other recipes.
1Cook grits according to package directions for 4 servings, only substitute the chicken broth for part of the water, and add water to make enough liquid for package directions.
2While grits are cooking, sauté garlic, onion, red bell pepper, and mushrooms in about 3 tablespoons of butter or margarine in a large deep skillet until tender. Add shrimp and bacon bits. You may need to add a little more butter or margarine after adding the shrimp. Cook until shrimp are completely pink.
3When grits are done, stir in some butter or margarine (to taste – I use about 1/2 stick) until melted.
4Make a bed of grits on individual plates or on a serving platter. Top grits generously with shredded cheese, reserving some extra cheese. Spoon the shrimp mixture over bed of grits and top with remaining shredded cheese. Add a few dashes of Tabasco sauce to taste before serving. Makes about 3 large or 4 small servings. Serve with sautéed vegetables such as zucchini or yellow squash and rolls.