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Shrimp and Grits


One evening our youngest daughter came home from school craving shrimp and grits--something I had never served before. Here's the recipe we came up with. May you have a Happy New Year! 

3 cups water
3/4 cup quick grits
1/4 cup butter
2 cups shredded Monterey Jack Cheese
salt and pepper
4 slices bacon, chopped
1 cup onion, chopped
1/2 cup green pepper, chopped
1 tablespoon garlic, minced
12 oz. frozen shrimp, thawed
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon dried parsley

In medium pan, prepare grits in water according to package. When water is absorbed, remove from heat and stir in butter and cheese. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Keep warm. 

Meanwhile, cook bacon in large skillet until crisp and brown. Drain on a paper towel. Saute onions, pepper, and garlic in bacon grease until tender. Add shrimp and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes until heated through. 

To serve, place shrimp mixture over grits and garnish with bacon and parsley. Serves 4
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