This is fantastic! Yes, it takes a little longer than 24 minutes to prepare, but well worth the time. I didn't have whole milk so combined 1 C nonfat and 1 C half and half - the grits were smooth and creamy. The cornstarch was sprinkled into the sauce and stirred with no problems. If you don't like spicy just reduce the ground red pepper. I'm planning to make this for our gourmet group of friends next....
Delicious! I added another strip of bacon, a little more salt and chicken broth instead of stock. My whole family loved it. Will definitely make this again.
First of all I should have known (may have to revoke my southern girl card) that 4 cups of liquid to 1 cup of grits was not right but I trusted the Cooking Light people. Grits super soupy (3 cups of liquid to 1 cup of grits is the standard). Actually, this dish would be awesome served over rice with some Okra thrown in for good measure. Adding the cornstarch directly to the "roux" was a mistake-wound up with clumps of cornstarch.
Next time will mix the cornstarch in a little of the liquid to make sure it disperses. We will do this again because it TASTED great but will do it right.
I was very excited to make this recipe after seeing it in the 2015-May issue of C.L. My family loves shrimp and grits, and I loved that the prep was 24 minutes. The prep time was a little longer than stated, which wasn't a big problem, probably 35 or 40 minutes, but that may have just been me. The dish was absolutely beautiful, just like the picture. The unfortunate fact was that other than the shrimp, it had very little taste. The only changes I made were to grill the shrimp and then add them to the sauce to simmer, and I used skim milk instead of whole for the grits, which might make them less creamy, but doesn't change the flavor. For everything else, I measured and followed the directions to the letter. We all agreed that the dish wasn't bad, just tasteless. It had plenty of heat from the red pepper, but no depth in the sauce. I was so surprised that I went back and re-read the recipe after dinner to make sure that I didn't omit something! I have made 100s of CL recipes, and I rely on the reader comments to help me adjust ingredients…or steer me to a better version of the recipe. Maybe chicken broth instead of chicken stock would add a savory flavor. Sadly, in this case, I think there are better recipes than this one. I hope others have better success than I did.