3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese, divided
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup sliced green onions
1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 (8-ounce) package presliced mushrooms
1 pound peeled and deveined large shrimp, each cut into 3 pieces
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce (such as Tabasco)
3 large egg whites
How to Make It
Bring chicken broth and salt to a boil in a large saucepan; add grits, stirring with a whisk. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes or until liquid is absorbed, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Add 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, stirring until cheese melts.
Preheat oven to 375°.
Heat oil and butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions, bell pepper, garlic, and mushrooms to pan; sauté 5 minutes. Sprinkle shrimp with black pepper, and add to pan; cook 1 minute. Stir in rind, juice, Worcestershire, and hot pepper sauce; cook 2 minutes. Remove from heat; cool slightly. Place grits and shrimp mixture in a large bowl; stir gently. Beat egg whites with a mixer at high speed until stiff peaks form. Gently fold egg whites into shrimp mixture. Spoon mixture into a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup cheese. Bake at 375° for 25 minutes or until puffed and lightly browned. Let stand 20 minutes before serving.
The flavor of this dish is wonderful!!
But a *WARNING*... I only keep Egg Beaters in my house, and didn't think anything of it when this recipe called for egg whites, as I always sub the EB for any egg ingredient. However, I didn't read through it far enough to realize that I would need to beat the egg whites to form, essentially, a meringue, which most likely provided fluffiness to the casserole. While I was hopeful that it would work (I mean, Egg Beaters are 99% egg whites!?)... it doesn't. I beat, and beat, and beat them... nadda.
Again, the flavor is AMAZING (I also used Cabot Reduced Fat Jalapeno Cheddar & LOTS of Crystal sauce), but if you're like me & only use Egg Beaters, pick up a carton of eggs & separate those whites!!