Shrimp and Cheese Grits with Okra

October 2010
Shrimp and Cheese Grits with Okra

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Makes: 4 servings

Prep: 15 mins

Cook: 20 mins

  • 1 12 ounce can  evaporated milk
  • 1 1/2 cups quick-cooking grits
  • 1 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese (about 5 ounces)
  • 5 scallions, white and green portions thinly sliced separately
  • Salt and pepper
  • 6 slices bacon, thinly sliced crosswise
  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 ounce cut okra, thawed and patted dry
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  1. In a large saucepan, bring 5 cups water and the evaporated milk to a boil. Lower the heat to medium-low, stir in the grits, partially cover and simmer, stirring, until just thickened, about 15 minutes. Remove from the heat, stir in the cheese and three-quarters of the scallion greens, season with salt and pepper and cover to keep warm.
  2. While the grits are cooking, in a large skillet, cook the bacon over medium-high heat until almost crisp, about 8 minutes. Season the shrimp with salt and pepper and stir into the pan along with the scallion whites; cook until the shrimp is opaque, about 3 minutes. Transfer the shrimp mixture to a bowl; wipe out the skillet.
  3. In the same skillet, heat the olive oil over high heat. Season the okra with salt and pepper and toss with the flour. Fry the okra in a single layer, stirring occasionally, until golden in spots, about 3 minutes; drain on paper towels and season with salt.
  4. Divide the grits among 4 bowls and top with the shrimp mixture and okra. Sprinkle the remaining scallion greens on top.
  • Save 5 minutes! Use the prepped bacon and shredded cheese from Monday.
  • Coat the okra in cornmeal instead of the flour for extra crunch.
  • Add heat by sauteing the shrimp mixture with a thinly sliced jalapeno chile.