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Spicy Shrimp and Grits

Yield Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups quick-cooking grits
  • 1/4 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons hot sauce, divided
  • 1 pound unpeeled, medium-size fresh shrimp
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 bacon slices
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • Hot sauce (optional)

How to Make It

  1. Cook grits according to package directions. Remove from heat, and stir in cheese, butter, and 3 tablespoons hot sauce until melted and blended. Cover and set aside.

  2. Peel shrimp, and devein, if desired. Toss with salt and remaining 1 tablespoon hot sauce.

  3. Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat 5 to 7 minutes or until crisp; remove bacon, reserving drippings in skillet. Crumble bacon. Add shrimp and green onions to skillet, and sauté 3 minutes or just until shrimp turn pink. Stir in lemon juice.

  4. Spoon grits onto a serving platter; top evenly with shrimp mixture, and sprinkle with parsley and bacon. Serve with additional hot sauce, if desired.

  5. Note: For testing purposes only, we used Frank's Original Hot Sauce.