As usual we bowled Thursday afternoon, Matt had a good day, I had a mediocre day. A Portuguese friend was in bowling ahead as she is heading off to Portugal next week for a few weeks vacation, lucky her. She has promised to bring us some ovos moles again. They are a Portuguese specialty and absolutely delicious. They are made with a thin pastry filled with an egg concoction. If you are interested in the recipe, click on the link above. Not something I personally am ever likely to make despite my liking them so much. When we were in Portugal it staggered me the fantastic egg desserts they made.
I was never a particular friend of grits until I tried Shrimp and Grits which is a big favourite in the south. Here is a different take on that recipe.
Spicy Shrimp and Grits
Crank up the heat (in your weeknight meal, that is!) and serve a spicy version of this Southern favourite.
Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 cup grits, about 1 1/2 cups shrimp mixture, and 1 tablespoon green onions)
- 3 cups 1% low-fat milk
- 1 cup water
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, divided
- 1 cup uncooked quick-cooking grits
- 1/2 cup (2 ounces) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
- 4 slices applewood-smoked bacon
- 1 pound peeled, deveined large shrimp
- 1 cup thinly vertically sliced white onion
- 2 cups grape tomatoes, halved
- 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce or chopped chipotle chile, canned in adobo sauce
- 1/8 teaspoon ground or crushed red pepper
- 1/4 cup green onion strips
- 1. Combine milk, water, butter, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a simmer; gradually add grits, stirring constantly with a whisk. Reduce heat to medium; cook 4 minutes or until thick, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in cheese.
- 2. While grits cook, cook bacon in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan, reserving 2 teaspoons drippings; crumble bacon. Add shrimp to drippings in pan; cook 2 minutes on each side or until done. Remove shrimp from pan. Add white onion to pan; sauté 1 minute. Stir in bacon, tomatoes, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and remaining 1/8 teaspoon black pepper; sauté 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add shrimp, pepper sauce, and red pepper; cook 1 minute or until shrimp are heated. Serve over grits; sprinkle with green onions.