Sunday, January 3, 2016

Shrimp and Tasso grits!

Lunch today! 
To make this awesome dish you need 
1 tablespoon of olive oil 
1/2 cup of pork Tasso , chopped into tiny bits. 
1 1/2 lbs of fresh, shelled and deveined shrimp( I used large shrimp 16-21)
1/2 onion , chopped
1 clove garlic , chopped fine
 2 1/4 cups of water ( divided) 
1 cup heavy cream 
1 cup of grits ( quick cooking ) 
3 green onion , chopped, white and green parts
1 cup of sharp cheddar cheese, grated
1 tablespoon of butter
Cayenne pepper

Toss chopped Tasso in olive oil in a frying pan . Cook until it starts to turn golden on the edges, 3-4 minutes. Add in chopped onion. Cook until onions are clear, 2-3 minutes. Add chopped garlic. Stir about 1 minute . 
Add shrimp, season with salt and cayenne pepper. Go lightly as Tasso is highly seasoned. 

Cook for 3 minutes turning shrimp once. 
When shrimp are cook through , add 1/4 cup water. Stir up bits for bottom of the pan. Remove from heat, add butter, cover and set aside. 
In a saucepan pour cream and 2 cups of water. Add salt to taste. Bring to a boil. Add in grits and whisk constantly until  cooked and thick, 5 minutes. 

Once grits are cooked, add in cheese, turn off heat and whisk until cheese is melted. Plate. Divide into three dishes
Top with shrimp mixture and a little of the juice. Top with chopped green onion. 
My husband says this taste like heaven ! 
Bon appetite !!