Monday, April 29, 2013

pepper jack shrimp and grits


My husband Miles has a deep, deep love for New Orleans. So much so, that we've been there twice in our one year of marriage, and are headed there again with some friends in just a few weeks. It's only a quick one hour flight from Dallas, which makes it a perfect weekend getaway for us. There are so many things to love about New Orleans (and Miles could tell you all about all of those things), but what I really love about our visits there is the food. Beignets, po'boys, muffalettas... and of course, one of my personal favorites, shrimp and grits.

Shrimp and grits at home is surprisingly quick and easy -- and, most importantly, delicious. This particular version is absolutely divine, with a spicy kick from the pepper jack cheese grits and the spicy sausage. The recipe below serves two hungry people, and I would highly suggest that this be your next date night meal. Your date will adore you for it.

What about you - what city do you deeply love? If you've been to New Orleans, any restaurant recommendations for our upcoming trip? I'd love to hear!

Pepperjack Shrimp and Grits
serves 2

you'll need:
1/2 cup stone ground grits (or polenta)
1 1/2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 lb. hot Italian sausage
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 lb. shrimp, peeled and deveined
juice of 1/2 lemon
1/4 cup white wine
2 tablespoons chopped chives, plus more for garnish

Cook grits according to the package directions. Once grits have finished cooking, remove from heat and stir in butter and cheese.

Heat a skillet over medium high heat. Add sausage to skillet (remove from casing if it's in one) and cook until completely done. Add minced garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add shrimp and cook until pink. Add lemon juice, wine and chives and cook until the liquid is absorbed, about 3 minutes.

To serve, spoon grits into a bowl, top with shrimp and sausage mixture, garnish with chives, and devour.

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30 comments:

  1. I never new grits and polenta were the same thing. That's handy thing to know. This looks so good. I'd like a forkful of it right now. I've been to lots of cities all over the world, but I haven't been to New Orleans... yet.

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    1. If you EVER get up to New Orleans, I am meeting you there and we are having the time of our lives!

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  2. Hi Marie - this looks and sounds perfectly delicious! I've never been to N.O. and I'm dying to have those beignets at Cafe du Monde, not to mention some po'boys! Enjoy your trip! I just bought polenta the other day to give it a try at home. This is great inspiration, thanks!

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    1. Thanks Monica! The beignets are to die for! I'll have a baked beignet recipe up on here soon, so stay tuned... you can make them at home!

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  3. Hope you have a lovely time in New Orleans, I would love to go there! Your shrimp and grits looks so delicious!

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  4. I've never actually had grits...which is ridiculous because I LOVE polenta! Must try these:):)

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    1. Oh yes, you must try! Hope you like it :)

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  5. I've never been to New Orleans but would love to visit there someday! You are lucky it's such a short flight for you guys. I am actually going to Savannah, Georgia this week and I have a feeling that will be my new city that I love :)

    This meal looks so good...it was actually Georgia where I had my first ever grits!

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    1. I have always wanted to visit Savannah! I love Charleston and I've heard they're very similar. Can't wait to hear about your trip!!

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  6. I think today can officially be dubbed Shrimp Monday or something. I am totally digging all the shrimp recipes floating around the blogs! True story - I've never had grits - I've always wanted too. I think it's time I try, especially with a pile of shrimp.

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    1. Ha, I know! Ohhh yes, I hope you try these! And I'll be dreaming of your shrimp nachos...

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  7. This dish sounds so flavorful and delicious!

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  8. This looks really good! Great picture too!

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  9. I always thought polenta and grits were different! This is one of our fav weeknight meal :)

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  10. The shrimp looks delicious (I am SUCH a shrimp gal)! I have never had grits...I hear about them all the time BUT it's just not something you see in my neck of the woods. I am going to have to fix that!

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    1. Thanks, Colleen! Hope you do try it - let me know what you think! :)

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  11. Okay seriously, how do you always know what I want to eat?! Haha! This looks delicious! Again, another recipe for me to pin to my Food-To-Make board. ;)

    Also, we LOVE New Orleans! Like you said, the food is SO good! We've been three times in the last couple of years and every time - it has been fabulous! Obviously the beignets from Cafe du Monde are wonderful, but our favorite place hands-down is Parkway Tavern and Bakery. They have a surf-and-turf po'boy that is delightful! It looks like a mess, but it is oh-so-delicious. OH! And there's a place called Yo Mama's Bar and Grille that has delicious (and enormous) burgers!

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    1. Thanks so much for the recommendations, Rach! We have heard about Yo Mama's so much but have never made it there... it's definitely on the list for this time! And that surf and turf po'boy sounds DELICIOUS! Bookmarking that to try too! Yay! xo

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  12. Oh.. well.. now this is my kinda of recipe.. Love anything with grits..

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  13. Love how you added the sausage to this - pretty perfect for Nola! And if you're taking restaurant recommendations, I love Luke on St. Charles. It's wonderful for lunch!

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    1. Ohhh, thanks for the recommendation!

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  14. Such a mouthwatering Southern comfort food dish! This looks amazing, Marie!

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  15. Can't beat shrimp and grits for good ole comfort food! Your dish looks heavenly!

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