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Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Spicy Shrimp and Grits

At this house, we love shrimp and grits. I fix it all the time, but lately it's been a little "hit or miss" on the taste. Usually, because I don't use a recipe -I just kind of throw things together. Well, this time I found a great recipe on I really like the idea of baking it, because it mixes the flavors together so well. Oh...and it's really easy, too!

Spicy Shrimp and Grits

4 cups chicken broth
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup quick-cooking grits
2 tablespoons margarine
1 bunch green onions, chopped
1 green bell pepper, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 pound peeled and deveined small shrimp
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
3/4 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1 (10 ounce) can diced tomatoes and green chilies
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese

--Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x12 inch baking dish.
--Bring chicken broth and salt to a boil in a large saucepan over high heat. Stir in the grits, return to a simmer, then reduce heat to medium-low, and continue cooking for 20 minutes, stirring frequently.
--Meanwhile, melt the margarine in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in the green onions, green pepper, and garlic; cook until the peppers have softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the shrimp, and cook until they begin to firm.
--Stir the Monterey Jack cheese, 3/4 cup Cheddar cheese, shrimp and vegetable mixture, canned tomatoes, and black pepper into the grits; pour into prepared baking dish and sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup Cheddar cheese.
--Bake in preheated oven until the cheese is bubbly and beginning to brown, 30 to 45 minutes.

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