I love cheese grits. I love shrimp. I love anything that is essentially a conduit for hot sauce. Enter shrimp and grits.
This recipe is an easy baked version that takes about 20 minutes of prep and an hour of bake time. I got the recipe for the baked cheese grits from a coworker back at Christmas time, and I’ve been meaning to try it with shrimp for a while now. It was a hit! Easy and quick to assemble, then I get an hour to clean up (which was minimal) and work on whatever hundred other projects I inevitably have going on.
Baked Shrimp and Grits Casserole
– 6 cups water
– 1 1/2 cups quick-cooking grits, dry
– 3/4 stick of salted butter (6 Tablespoons)
– 1 pound block of sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
– 2 teaspoons Lawry’s Seasoning Salt
– 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce (or 5 teaspoons of Crystal, if you’re an addict like me)
– 2 teaspoons salt (only if using unsalted butter)
– 1 teaspoon garlic powder
– 3 large eggs, beaten
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×13 baking dish. In a medium saucepan, bring the water to a boil and stir in grits. Remove from the heat and mix in butter and cheese, stirring until both are melted. Add Lawry’s, hot sauce, salt (if using unsalted butter), and garlic powder. Once the mixture has cooled slightly, fold in the eggs very slowly. Pour into prepared baking dish. Top with fresh or frozen peeled and deveined shrimp. I “cheated” and used frozen!
Bake 45 minutes to an hour (it took a full hour for mine), or until the top is lightly browned and the middle of the grits are firm. Serve with more hot sauce (duh).
We had ours with a fresh from Harvest Moon salad!
You could also prepare the grits alone, and cook fresh shrimp separately… but I’m a big fan of cooking it all together. It was just too easy, and the shrimp cooked perfectly.
Rivers of Crystal. Not to be confused with Crystal River, a chain seafood restaurant.
The salad was fresh organic Harvest Moon lettuce, HM banana pepper, and HM cukes, topped with my new home grown and dried oregano! More on that tomorrow. Not really a Friday Find, but whatev.
This was a great weeknight supper because it was easy, but it makes a lot (next time I’ll halve the recipe for just the two of us), so it would be a great weekend dinner with friends! The grits would also make an excellent side dish for a fish fry, which is also a fun weekend activity… can you tell I’m ready for the weekend?