6 Bacon Strips, diced
2 tsp Black Pepper
3 tbsp Butter
6 cups Chicken Broth
3 Cloves Garlic, Minced
1 tbsp Cream Cheese
2 green onions, chopped
1 ½ lb Jumbo Shrimp, Peeled and deveined
1 tsp Paprika
2 cups Quick Cooking Grits
2 tsp Salt
2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
Shrimp and grits has been a long standing Southern tradition that is the perfect comfort food. Elevate this traditional dish with wood smoked flavors and creamy cheese and this Smoked Shrimp and Grits with Cheddar Cheese will be a new classic for your family.
If you’re not familiar with grits, they are ground from dried corn in a grist mill. The ground corn produces corn meal and a coarser substance. That substance is the grits (which are gluten free if you didn’t know). Grits are also known as polenta and are used in many Italian dishes as well.
If you’re going to smoke shrimp, be sure to get at least medium sized shrimp. Small and tiny shrimp will cook too fast and possibly fall through the grill grates without skewers. It’s important to smoke shrimp at a low temperature (about 180 degrees for 30 minutes for jumbo sized shrimp) so the shrimp can get plenty of smoke flavor without overcooking. Then finish them off by either turning up the heat on the grill and kiss them with fire for about 1 – 2 minutes on each side or sauté them in a pan.
For the perfect pairing try a dry, full bodied white wine – like a chardonnay or a medium bodied IPA or amber ale.