Large plump shrimp and creamy cheesy grits put together are considered a delicacy. This Shrimp and Grits recipe is made with bacon, roasted red peppers, and a ton of seasonings and spices and surprisingly easy!
So, let me tell you about how I’ve come to know about Shrimp and Grits.
My very best friend, Dayana, was born here in Ohio but raised in Tallahassee, Florida. Therefore, the food and dishes that she was raised upon are completely different than what I had been raised to enjoy. When we first began our friendship nearly 20 years ago (Dang, we are getting old Day) we went through the proper discourse of getting to know one another as young teenage girls do. You know how the conversations go:
“So like (in my valley girl voice), what college are you going to? Do you want to stay in a co-ed dorm or an all-girls dorm because I want to stay in an all-boys dorm, you know? I mean like, boys are so gross, but girls just talk too much. Who are you going to prom with? Like, you know “Billy,” asked me to go but he is so-like-immature! He doesn’t even have his driver’s license yet. I’m thinking of getting my hair done in a French Roll and Finger Waves (that was the style back then). Who do you like more, Brandy or Aaliyah? Brandy can sing, but you know Aaliyah is the best dancer in the whole wide world! Our lives are so important…blah…blah…blah.”
In fact, I don’t remember my mom trying anything different, but I did. On my trip to New Orleans that I took with my mom, I finally decided to try something different and I decided to try…wait for it…Cheese Grits. I figured that my taste palette was in a different place and I might be in a place where I could appreciate cheese grits and I’ll be damned…I DID! I loved them! They were so good. The next time I visited New Orleans was with my, then, boyfriend, who is my, now, husband.
We went to Cafe Fleur-de-lis inside the French Quarter in New Orleans, which is a hole in the wall type place (New Orleans is filled with places like that ) and we ordered 3 dishes that we never had for breakfast to share. We ordered the largest portion of Brioche French Toast, Seafood Eggs Benedict, and….wait for it…Shrimp and Grits. Let me tell yall something, the Shrimp and Grits at this cafe was the best Shrimp and Grit I’d ever had and I’d never had Shrimp and Grits until that moment. Yep! That is how good it was. That was 5 years ago. I hadn’t had them since until recently.
I have been so nervous about making this southern recipe because I didn’t want to let myself down because the first time I had Shrimp and Grits they were so delicious. I figured if I’d make them the dish would be not that great. Do you know what I learned from making this recipe? I really need to trust my cooking skills because they aren’t that bad. I must say, this Easy Shrimp and Grits recipe is not only easy but good! What I love about this southern dish is you can get as creative as you want! You can make an Italian, Mediterranean, or Cajun Style Shrimp and Grits. It is a versatile dish where you can add your personality to make it shine. So, if you are a shrimp and grits fanatic, I hope I did you proud with this Easy Shrimp and Grits Recipe.