BBQ Shrimp and Cheese Grits - Yum!

"I was skeptical of the flavors in this recipe, but the dish is fantastic! I got this recipe is from the Dec/Jan 2006 Light and Tasty Mag (submitted by Judith Kin, Madisonville, TN). I made a few changes, but overall the recipe is hers. I can't take credit for it. Thanks Judith!!"
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  • Bring water, half and half, 1 teaspoon butter, salt, pepper to a low boil. Add grits, reduce heat, simmer uncovered for 5-7 minutes until grits are thickened.
  • Combine ketchup, honey, lemon juice, and hot pepper. Set aside.
  • Meanwhile, saute onion in the rest of the butter until transulent. Add garlic and saute for 2 more minutes.
  • Add shrimp and saute till pink. Be careful not to overcook or they'll be tough.
  • When grits are thickend, add cheese to them. Taste and add salt, pepper if needed. If grits become to thick add a little water or milk.
  • Add ketchup mixture to the shrimp and just heat through.
  • Serve shrimp over grits.

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  1. CP Mom4
    Not for us. We did not care for the combination of sweet & spicy flavors mixed with the (way too) creamy grits. The flavor of the grits was good, but not with the tangy(?) BBQ sauce.
  2. brittanynathania
    a little ketchup-y for me, but it was good! i added some extra butter when i heated the sauce
  3. Deb G
    This is quick, easy, and very tasty. We definitely added more hot sauce. I had some cheese grits left over from a brunch, so I used them and just made the shrimp and sauce part. Thanks for posting.
  4. knsriley
    This was absolutely delicious! I didn't add cheese to the grits--the spicy shrimp was just fine with the creamy grits. Thanks! This is a keeper.
  5. CindiJ
    This deserves more than 5 stars! Goodness, this was just incredible!I prepared exactly as posted. Next time I will be braver and use more hot sauce. I served this with garlic bread, tossed salad and green beans. Thanks for an awesome recipe!


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