If you’ve been around these parts long enough you’ll know that I’m truly in love with breakfast. And truth be told, I love it even more when I’m eating for other meals. Like those gratin potatoes with spinach, kale, and a runny poached egg? That was my lunch one day over holiday break. It was spectacular. Well this shrimp and grits dish rates right up there.
Lord knows I’m not from the South but my great pal Josie sure is and she knows her grits. Creamy, cheesy, stick-to-your-ribs sort of good grits. Add some shrimp to a killer pan of grits and you’ve got a perfect pair. And speaking of Josie, she’s having herself a perfect pair this week…in the form of twin boys! Josie and Joey are adding 2 more to their family and I knew this shrimp and grits dish would be an amazing way to help celebrate a little surprise shower a few of us decided to have for her.
Josie loves breakfast just as much as I do and she’s all over shrimp and grits. Being the Yankee that I am, I think this meal really does Southern comfort food justice (especially since I used the stone-ground white cornmeal Josie brought me from Atlanta in October) and I know she would love it as much as Kyle and I did. Because you’ll bake the grits for a final 15 minutes, they aren’t quite as creamy as I would have liked for them to be but it’s a stellar recipe, nonetheless. The only thing that could possibly make this shrimp and grits any more awesome would be a poached egg. Surprised? I know Josie would agree.
Wouldn’t this menu would make for an amazing brunch?!
Skillet Shrimp and Grits
source: adapted from The Best Skillet Recipes by America’s Test Kitchen
Look for old-fashioned grits for this recipe as instant grits will cook too quickly and the recipe needs extra time to bake in the oven to finish cooking.
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter
- 1 medium onion, minced
- 1 tsp table salt
- 2 medium garlic cloves, minced or pressed through a garlic press (about 2 tsp)
- 1 tsp ancho chile powder
- 3 1/2 cups water
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1 cup old-fashioned grits (see note above)
- 6 oz extra-sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (1 1/2 cups)
- 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 4 scallions, green and white parts, thinly sliced
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
- 1 lb extra-large shrimp (21 to 25 per pound), peeled and deveined
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
- Melt butter in a 12-inch oven safe skillet over medium heat. Add onions and salt and cook, stirring occasionally, for 8-10 minutes. Add the garlic and chile powder and stir for 30 seconds, until fragrant. Pour in the water and heavy cream and bring the liquid to a boil. Slowly whisk in the grits then reduce the heat to low. Cook the grits, stirring frequently, for 15 minutes until they are thick and creamy. Remove the skillet from the heat and quickly stir in 3/4 of the cheese, eggs, scallions, and black pepper. Nestle the shrimp under the grits and smooth out the grits over the shrimp once all have been added. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top of the grits.
- Bake for 15 minutes until the cheese is bubbly. Serve hot.
Yield: Serves 4-6