We’re Heading To Low Country And Lovin’ It
As you may have read on our last blog post, we are heading to Bluffton South Carolina next month.
We are so excited to start our new chapter and are embracing all things Southern.
I have always enjoyed shrimp and grits — the hubs, not so much. However, we tried a recipe this week that was quick, easy, and pretty darn tasty!
Since we have never made this before, we went online and found a few recipes that sounded good. Then, we used a combination of the recipes to make it our own. We like a little spice, and who does not love bacon? No one.
The Cottage In Old Town Bluffton
Rumor has it that The Cottage in Old Town Bluffton serves up wonderful shrimp and grits. We definitely must try this on our next trip there.
Shrimp and grits has been a low country favorite for over 70 years and it appears that there are several different variations. Some have green pepper, most have ham or bacon and all have creamy, yummy grits.
Recently we found Charleston Favorites Stone Ground Grits at our local market. We decided to use white grits and thought it was a good idea to use an established brand. They have a few different varieties of grits that are available on their website. They were a bit pricey but made perfectly creamy grits.
Recipes Are Made To Be Modified To Your Taste
Anyway, we used a Martha Stewart recipe as our base and changed it up a bit. We know you will love this traditional southern favorite.
Sensational Shrimp And Grits
- August 21, 2020
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- 4 1/2 cups water
- Salt to taste
- Ground pepper
- 1 cup grits (we used Charleston Favorites Stone Ground Grits)
- 1 - 2 tablespoons butter
- 4 tablespoons grated cheddar cheese
- 1 teaspoon Siracha or other hot sauce (a tad more for serving)
- 3 - 4 slices bacon (we love Nueske's Applewood Smoked bacon)
- 1 1/2 pounds peeled and deveined shrimp
- Step 1
- In a medium saucepan, combine water with salt and bring to a boil
- Step 2
- Whisk in the grits and reduce heat to medium-low
- Step 3
- Cover and cook (stir occasionally) until creamy (approximately 30 minutes)
- Step 4
- Then, stir in the butter, hot sauce, and cheddar cheese
- Step 5
- In a large skillet cook bacon over medium heat until crisp
- Step 6
- Transfer bacon to a paper towel to drain and cool, then crumble
- Step 7
- Heat the same skillet with the bacon fat and add the shrimp, salt and pepper
- Step 8
- Cook the shrimp until they turn pink and are opaque
- Step 9
- Place a nice amount of the grits in the bottom of a shallow bowl
- Step 10
- Top with the shrimp and crumbled bacon (we poured a small amount of the bacon drippings on top)
- Step 11
- Serve additional hot sauce on the side
- Step 12