Shrimp and Grits Bites Recipe

Yields: 20-24 bites
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 25-30 minutes

Ingredients

For the Grits Bites

  • 1 cup quick-cooking grits
  • 3 cups chicken broth (or vegetable broth)
  • 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

For the Shrimp

  • 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning (or your favorite seafood seasoning blend)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder

Other

  • 4-5 slices bacon (optional, for richer flavor)
  • 2-3 green onions, chopped (for garnish)

Instructions

1. Make the Grits

  • Cook grits: In a medium saucepan, bring the chicken broth to a boil. Slowly whisk in the grits. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 5-7 minutes, or until creamy and thickened, stirring occasionally.
  • Add Flavor: Remove from heat and stir in the butter, cheddar cheese, Parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper until well combined.
  • Chill: Pour the grits mixture into a greased 8×8 inch baking dish. Spread evenly and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or until firm enough to handle.

2. Prepare the Shrimp

  • Season: Pat the shrimp dry and toss with olive oil, Cajun seasoning, garlic powder, and onion powder.
  • Cook: Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp in a single layer and cook for 2-3 minutes per side, or until pink and cooked through. Set aside.

3. Optional Bacon Boost

  • Cook bacon: Cook bacon until crispy. Drain on paper towels and crumble.
  • Incorporate: Mix half of the crumbled bacon into the chilled grits for extra flavor.

4. Assemble the Bites

  • Preheat: Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Cut Grits: Once the grits are chilled, use a 1.5-inch round cookie cutter to cut out circles. Place the rounds on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake: Bake the grits rounds for 15-20 minutes, or until slightly golden and firm.
  • Top and Serve: Top each warm grits bite with a cooked shrimp and sprinkle with green onions and additional crumbled bacon (if using). Serve immediately.

Tips

Shrimp Size: For the best bites, use medium-sized shrimp.

Grits Variations: Use smoked cheddar or other flavored cheeses for different twists.

Make-Ahead: Prepare the grits mixture and refrigerate the day before. Assemble and bake just before serving.

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