Cajun Spiced Shrimp and Grits Cakes

Cajun Spiced Shrimp and Grits Cakes

Serves 4

A Southern favorite. Creamy, cheesy grits made into cakes serve as a base for spicy shrimp in a light tomato sauce. Serve with a green salad for brunch or a simple summer supper.

Ingredients: 
  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 tablespoon sea salt
  • 1 cup stone ground grits
  • 3 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound peeled and deveined 26/30 count shrimp
  • 1 teaspoon cajun spice seasoning
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes
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Method: 

Bring water to a boil in a heavy-bottomed pot, add salt and reduce flame to medium. Slowly add grits and whisk until smooth and simmering. Reduce heat to very low, cover and cook 10 minutes. Slowly whisk in cheese and 1 tablespoon of the butter. Pour mixture into a jelly roll mold or loaf pan and cool until firm.

Heat heavy sauce pan, add oil and heat. Add shrimp, cajun spice and then tomatoes, sauté until shrimp just begins to turn pink (a little underdone is good as they will continue to cook off-heat in the warm sauce). Cut firmed grits into slices, about 1/2- to 3/4-inch thick. Brown slices in remaining 1 tablespoon butter in a heavy skillet. Remove and serve each topped with shrimp and tomato sauce.

Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving:720 calories (380 from fat), 43g total fat, 23g saturated fat, 325mg cholesterol, 1780mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (1g dietary fiber, 2g sugar), 49g protein
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