Jul 8, 2010
We tried some good ol' southern cooking last week. Cajun Grilled Shrimp with Cheesy Grits... Paula Dean would be proud. :) And I had a little help in the kitchen, too!
I've always wanted to make cheesy grits. I recently had it at the restaurant Brasa Rotisserie when we were out with some friends. If you haven't been there, I would recommend it.
It turned out cheesy and yummy and I will definitely be making it again. Here's the recipe, it was quite easy to make.
2 c water
2 c milk
1 c white corn meal
1 t salt
1 1/2 c cheese + 1/2 c cheese
3 T flat leaf parsey, finely chopped
2 T butter
Bring water to a boil. Combine milk, corn meal, and salt, whisking constantly. Cook until thickened, stirring frequently. Cover, continue cooking over low heat about 5 minutes and stir. Add 1 1/2 c cheese, and flat leaf parsley, and 2 T butter, stirring until incorporated. Add to baking dish and top with remaining cheese. Bake 5-10 minutes or until cheese is melted.
Cajun Grilled Shrimp...this was probably the best grilled shrimp that I have made. They turned drier and crispier than my normal soggy shrimp, sort of reminded me of the restaurant-style shrimp I have had before that I've never been able to quite pull off. I think I took my time to do a few things before grilling (underlined) that made a difference. Plus, my husband is a meticulous griller. :)
Cajun Grilled Shrimp
20 jumbo shrimp (cooked or uncooked are both fine), completely thawed
salt and pepper
garlic powder (not garlic salt)
Press thawed jumbo shrimp in paper towels until completely dry. Put dry shrimp in a plastic bag with a few tablespoons of olive oil (to coat). Next, remove shrimp and skewer. Sprinkle each side with cajun seasoning, salt, pepper, and garlic powder (make sure not to skimp on spices). Keep skewers in refrigerator until almost ready to grill. About 20-30 minutes before grilling, take shrimp out of refrigerator so they can get to room temperature (this is supposed to help meat cook better, I'm not sure why). Grill on low-medium heat until outside is slightly crispy.
Serve grilled shrimp with cheesy grits and sweet potato fries. Enjoy!