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Shrimp and Grits

Shrimp and Grits

Easy side: Gently toss chopped fresh spinach leaves, toasted pecans, and thinly sliced onions with bottled balsamic vinaigrette.

Southern Living FEBRUARY 2010

  • Yield: Makes 6 servings
  • Total:35 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds unpeeled, large raw shrimp (31/40 count)
  • 1 pound fresh asparagus
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup uncooked quick-cooking grits
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half
  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 (8-oz.) package sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 bunch green onions, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Preparation

1. Peel shrimp; devein, if desired. Snap off and discard tough ends of asparagus. Cut asparagus into 1-inch pieces.

2. Bring chicken broth to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat; whisk in grits and half-and-half. Cook, whisking constantly, 7 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat. Stir in 2 Tbsp. butter. Keep warm.

3. Melt remaining 2 Tbsp. butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add asparagus, mushrooms, green onions, and thyme, and sauté 3 to 4 minutes. Add shrimp, and cook 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in salt; cook 3 minutes or just until shrimp turn pink. Serve immediately over warm grits.

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