"We've got Plates and Places", it was a quote that my great grandfather often used to encourage guest to stay, visit and dine with the family. My great grandparents had very little, but there was always enough food to go around. For me,the expression not only relates to what my great grandfather intended it's use, it also is fitting for my love to travel and the recipes I collect from those travels. So join me, "There's always Plates and Places!"
Friday, March 6, 2009
Shrimp & Grits, Southern Style
I can clearly recall the first time I tried grits. Ya know why.....because it wasn't to terribly long ago. As a child, I was extremely picky. My mother had quite the time with me, trying to convince me to try certain foods. Grits was one of them. And I am a southerner. I know, it's almost a sin. But, oh, how times change. It was Chef Bob who served me up my first plate of grits, Parmesan cheese grits to be specific. An honest to goodness chef, how could I go wrong. The only wrong in that bowl was my new found love for the grit. I am in love with grits. I am a true GRIT girl. My southern soul is now complete. Thanks to you, Chef Bob! What pairs more passionately with grits, besides a southern girl? Answer-A shrimp. A shrimp also loves a bed of ground corn with a passion that can only be understood from a spoonful of some southern love. I hope you enjoy this recipe. PS- What goes around, comes around... I now struggle with my own daughter at mealtime. Dear, Mom, forgive me. I am sorry. I know you struggled. Payback is fierce.
And now, onto the love story that is Shrimp & Grits:
Shrimp And Grits 2 pounds fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined ¼ c melted butter 2 T Worcestershire sauce 2 T lemon juice 1 t Old Bay seasoning 1 t pepper 1 garlic clove 1 t Cajun seasoning 1 tsp hot sauce Combine ingredients, pour over shrimp (use a gallon Ziploc bag) toss and coat. Arrange on a large shallow pan. Bake 350 degrees for 15 – 20 minutes.
Have Mercy-GARLIC CHEESE GRITS 5 CUPS MILK 1 CUP QUICK COOKING GRITS 1 ROLL GARLIC CHEESE (BRUNO'S) 1 8 OZ. CREAM CHEESE SALT TO TASTE
Bring milk to a boil, add grits and cook 5 min. or till thick. ADD cheeses and stir till melted. Enjoy!!