Cheesy Shrimp and GritsIt was cold yesterday and busy at work as folks were buying grates, screens & fireplace tools to have a fire to wind down the Thanksgiving weekend. I’d had enough turkey sandwiches the past couple of days and was ready for something different. Some seafood, I thought, but something both hearty and easy.  Shrimp & Grits sounded like just the ticket so I went online for a recipe, and hit the jackpot with CHEESY SHRIMP & GRITS from myrecipes.com.  (Photo: Oxmoor House)

I usually make changes to a recipe but was just too tired to think, so I followed the instructions exactly. I’m glad I did because I wouldn’t change a thing. The crumbled bacon adds a nice crunch.

CHEESY SHRIMP & GRITS
3 cups chicken broth
1 cup uncooked quick-cooking grits
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons butter
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Cheddar cheese
6 slices bacon, chopped
2 pounds medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
6 green onions, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced

Bring chicken broth to a boil over medium-high heat; stir in grits. Cook, stirring occasionally, 5 to 7 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat; stir in salt and next 3 ingredients. Set aside, and keep warm.

Cook bacon in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat 3 minutes or until crisp; remove bacon from pan.

Cook shrimp in same pan over medium-high heat 3 minutes or until almost pink, stirring occasionally. Add lemon juice and next 4 ingredients, and cook 3 minutes. Stir in bacon.

Spoon grits onto individual plates or into shallow bowls; top with shrimp mixture. Serve immediately.

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