Shrimp and Sausage Grits

This summer I took my first trip to South Carolina (food review here!) and fell in love with so many different parts of Charleston. Especially the food. The south has a great range of flavors and dishes that will fill you up, no matter how big your appetite is. One of my favorite new discoveries while I was in South Carolina was grits. At first I didn’t understand what all of the talk was about but after I tried them I quickly understood. They’re smooth, buttery, downright delicious. I love making them in the morning as a breakfast side or along side some shrimp and sausage for a perfect dinner. Try this lighter version of low country grits and it will be like your tastebuds are taking a trip to the south. Sausage, shrimp, and grits oh my!

 

Sausage, Shrimp, and Grits Recipe

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Ingredients:

Shrimp and sausage mixture-

  • 3/4 pound deveined shrimp
  • 1 tsp old bay seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 cup chopped bell pepper
  • 1 link smoked sausage cut into 1/8 in slices (I used chicken sausage but turkey sausage is another healthier option)
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/4 cup water

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Directions:

  • Cook shrimp, seasoning, and pepper over medium heat until completely cooked
  • Remove from pan and cook sausage and bell peppers over medium heat until lightly browned
  • Add shrimp mixture and garlic to sausage pan and cook for 1 minute
  • Add 1/4 cup water and cook for 30 seconds (this gets the flavor and bits from the bottom of the pan to join the rest of the mixture)
  • Remove from heat and let stand for 2 minutes IMG_0683

 

Grits recipe- 

  • 3 cups water
  •  1 cup quick cooking grits
  • 1 cup fat free milk
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese

Directions:

  • Bring water to boil in medium pot
  • Slowly stir in grits (slow is the key here along with continual stirring otherwise grits will clump up and not be smooth)
  • Cover and reduce heat to a simmer for a few minutes until water is absorbed
  • Stir in milk, butter and cheese until completely mixed in
  • Remove from heat and let sit 2 minutes
  • Sir under a hearty scoop of shrimp and sausage!

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