Monday Recipe

| November 23, 2020

Cheese and Shrimp Grits

I posted this up some time ago to some good reviews, and it’s back for some of the same reasons- it’s delicious, easy to make and clean up, plus another, more important reason. I’ve kicked the dust of the PDRofMD from my boots never to look back, and can reminisce about the good parts. Like these:

Cheese and Shrimp Grits

You’ll need:
4 cups water
Salt and pepper
1 cup stone-ground grits
3 tablespoons butter
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
6 slices bacon, chopped
4 teaspoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
1 cup thinly sliced scallions
1 large clove garlic, minced

You’ll Do:
1) Bring water to a boil. Add salt and pepper. Add grits and cook until water is absorbed, about 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in butter and cheese.

2) Rinse shrimp and pat dry. Fry the bacon in a large skillet until browned; drain well. In grease, add shrimp. Cook until shrimp turn pink. Add lemon juice, chopped bacon, parsley, scallions and garlic. Sauté for 3 minutes.

3) Spoon grits into a serving bowl. Add shrimp mixture and mix gently. Serve immediately- best for safety is to stand well clear of table and simply drop the plates onto the mats keeping hands well clear, enjoy!

Hat tip to Bobby Flay.

Category: Cooking, Real Soldiers

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  1. 5th/77th FA says:

    Honey Hush and chile’ pul-leaze, put some South in yo mouf! This dish will make a puppy pull a freight train, a bad man good, a good man bad, and if placed upon your head, your tongue will beat your brains out getting to it! For all of you damyankeys, whose only exposure to Southern Cuisine was at the Benning School for Wayward Chil’ren, go find these ingredients and make this. You will never touch oatmeal again. Or, defer to us good ol’ boys and leave it the eff alone. That will leave more for us. Here you go Ol’ Poe, I KNOW that you want another heaping helping.

    Tanks Mate and WSB! (CW can ‘splain that to the ones that don’t know what it means) We do hope that you left the dust and anything tainted by the PDRofMd there. In your new digs you will have gracious opportunity to enjoy this dish with shrimps the size of baby lobsters and Mrs. AW1Ed will make all the other ladies pea green with envy in that they will not have her charm and beauty. (y’all do know she is a Southern Girl?)

    My trip down to snowbird land is at least delayed, if not postponed, due to SnL and his buddy being exposed to the Chinese Communist Originated Virus Infecting Disease of 2019. The buddy has already tested positive (at the airport he’s a pilot) and SnL test won’t be confirmed til later. I should be at least 100 miles or more down the road by now. DAAAAAAAAAMMMNNIIITTT! The effing Chinese Communist should be forced to pay dearly for every life that the Chinese Communists have stolen from their loved ones, and further more, the Chinese Communists should be forced to pay ALL cost associated with the Chinese Communist Originated Virus Infecting Disease of 2019. The Chinese Communists OWN this, it is their bug, they made it, they purposely released it on the world and they should be punished…severely!

    My Baby Girl and I would have been enjoying several bowls of Cheese Grits, with shrimps and bacon during this week.

    Our planned menu for the Thanksgiving Food Orgy was to have been: Smoked and or deep fried turkey, a 12 pounder Honey Baked Ham, smashed taters, green beaned, squash, sweet potato casseroles, mac n cheese, butter peas, 7 layer salad (like Ex-Ph2 has posted), gravy, real cranberry sauce,deviled eggs, skillets of butter milk cornbread dressing (the REAL DEAL, not that nasty stuffing that that no ‘count upstate Noo Yawk yankey former bubble head submariner lawer SnL wants), assorted pies (Granddaughter makes the pecan ones), peanut butter cookies, homemade red velvet cake, cheese cake swirl, and dinner rolls. I asked my Baby Girl about the big pot of chicken n dumplin’s we are gonna make. She said that those are just for our eating and NOT to be shared with the crowd. Neither is the pulled pork BBQ SnL and I were gonna do.

    Everything was laid out and ready to finish loading yesterday when the “Hold on a minute, Houston we have a problem” phone call came in. DAAAAAMMNNIITT!!!

    • OWB says:

      Watch out how ya talk about them oat flakes, son! They be good for a whole lotta things.

      Yeah, there are some of us odd balls out here that LIKE oatmeal, but I like me some grits just as much. Just for different things, and not in the same bowl.

      For instance, oatmeal, the raw flakes and none of that “instant” stuff either, is GREAT for putting in some meatloaf. Grits just won’t do for that. But oatmeal don’t work with shrimps. Either one alone, well with some doctoring, of course, is great for breakfast. With bacon.

      So don’t mess with my grits OR with my oatmeal. They are both good food.

      • 5th/77th FA says:

        To each their own! 😀 😉 You did have me at the bacon part tho.

        We used bread crumbs for the meatloaf, raisins were for the fruit cake/fruit salad not cookies, but I do like oats… fermented along with other grains and hops…in a chilled liquid form…bottled, kegged, or canned! 😛

  2. David says:

    Loved the PRMd so much I moved the family back to Texas at my own expense. Still here 6 houses later.

  3. gitarcarver says:

    For those who like to cook under pressure….

    Instant Pot Easy Cheesy Shrimp and Grits

    Ingredients
    Shrimp and Sauce

    1 pound fresh, large shrimp peeled and deveined
    1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
    salt and pepper to taste
    4 slices bacon chopped
    1/2 cup chopped onion
    2 garlic cloves minced
    1/2 cup chicken-broth I use low-sodium
    1 teaspoon Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning omit if you do not desire a hint of spicy
    1/2 lemon juice of

    Grits

    1 cup stone ground grits
    1 cups chicken broth I use low-sodium
    1 1/4 cup milk I used almond
    1 teaspoon salt
    1 tablespoon butter
    1/2 cup white cheddar cheese shredded
    1/4 cup parmesan reggiano cheese shredded

    Instructions

    Place the Instant Pot on the saute function. Add the chopped bacon and cook for 3-4 minutes until crisp. Remove the bacon and set aside, drain most of the bacon grease. I reserved about a teaspoon.
    Add the onions and garlic. Cook for 1-2 minutes until the garlic and onions become fragrant.
    Add the 1/2 cup chicken broth, Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning, and fresh lemon juice. Stir.
    You can remove the sauce/gravy from the Instant Pot and cook the grits separately if you wish (without using the Pot in Pot method). Remove the gravy and add the grits, 1 cup of chicken broth, milk, and salt. Grits normally stick to the pot. Grease it with oil first, I use olive oil.
    Optional Pot in Pot Method with Stackable Steamer: Add the trivet and stackable steamer to the pot over the sauce. Fill the stackable steamer with the grits, 1 cup of chicken broth, milk, and salt. Wisk well to eliminate any lumps. You can choose to cover the grits or keep them uncovered. I have tested both and yielded similar results.
    Close and seal the pot. Cook for 10 Minutes on Manual > High-Pressure Cooking.
    Season the shrimp with Old Bay Seasoning and salt and pepper to taste.
    When the pot indicates it has finished, allow the steam to release naturally for 15 minutes instead of performing a quick release.
    Open the pot and remove the stackable steamer.
    Place the Instant Pot on saute function. Add the shrimp to the pot. Cook for 3-4 minutes until the shrimp have turned bright pink.
    While the shrimp cooks add the butter and shredded cheese to the grits. Stir well to combine. Wisk any lumps in the grits. (Using the Instant Pot you shouldn’t have any!)
    Serve the shrimp and gravy sauce over the grits topped with the crumbled bacon.

  4. 3/10/MED/b says:

    Completely off topic, AW1ED,
    3/10/MED/b here.
    The holel is getting deeper
    And I’m looking for more shovels.

    3/10/MED/b out

    • KoB says:

      b, Welcome Home. Put down the shovel and grab this rope. You got this, we are here for you.

      • 3/10/MED/b says:

        Thanks, Kob.
        I just keep finding shovels, liquid or others. It’s been so many years, but I can’t get away from what I’ve seen.

        • 11B-Mailclerk says:

          And the things we would unsee are sign posts for the worn down path we would rather not tread. Unbidden, our boots march on.

          Again.

    • Toxic Deplorable Racist SAH B Woodman says:

      Looking for more shovels?
      WHo ya trying to bury?
      May want to switch to a scoop loader or post hole auger.

  5. Skyjumper says:

    I remember my first introduction to grits.

    1968, basic training at Ft. Campbell, 1st breakfast.
    Tray in hand I asked for “some of that Cream Of Wheat”. Mess Sgt. looked at me, with spoon in hand and said, “You think that’s Cream Of Wheat”? “Boy, dems grits”!

    Welcome to the Army, Skyjumper. (smile)

    Thanks for the recipe, AW1Ed.

  6. 3/10/MED/b says:

    Thanks, Kob.
    I just keep finding shovels, liquid or others. It’s been so many years, but I can’t get away from what I’ve seen.

    • gitarcarver says:

      ….but I can’t get away from what I’ve seen.

      You’re right. You can’t.

      The fact of the matter is that you shouldn’t want to get away from what you’ve seen.

      People join the military because they are the type of person that “runs to the sound of the guns.” While others “run away,” military people forward. It’s what they signed up for. It is part of who they are.

      You have to summon that same courage within you to not run away from what you have seen, or not push it down within you to the point where you think it is hidden.

      ‘Cause it ain’t.

      One of the things that military training develops is “esprit de corps,” which is defined as the common spirit existing in the members of a group and inspiring enthusiasm, devotion, and strong regard for the honor of the group.

      Break that down for a moment. You clearly have honor or else you wouldn’t have joined. You clearly enthusiastic or else you would have quit. You clearly have a devotion to others.

      What you are missing is a group.

      Find one. There are tons of them out there full of people that went through and are going through what you did. No shame. No judgements. Just “we have your back.”

      You joined the military to be part of something bigger. Now it seems that you may be trying to go this route alone. That “bigger group” is still out there. They are waiting, hoping, and praying that you realize you don’t have to walk the road alone.

      Every recovery program begins with the idea that the only way to confront what is within you is to acknowledge that the only effective way to walk is with the love and help of others.

      • OWB says:

        Good words, gc.

        In the meanwhile, just knowing that the rest of us, who don’t need to know the details of the suffering of others to recognize a fellow sufferer, are out here is important.

        3/10/MED/b: We ARE out here. You are NOT on this journey alone. Never, ever are you alone on this path. My pain is different from your pain, but both of us suffer because of what we have seen (and felt and smelled) and can never unsee. As you search for the resources you need to make things better for you, we will be here, and remain here, as long as you need us.

  7. Topski says:

    Best way to spot a yankee in the chow line, putting sugar and milk on his grits.

  8. AW1 Rod says:

    OUT of MD is a good thing to be!