Thursday, July 26, 2012

My fave Food on Vacation: Shrimp and Grits With Links to Recipes

The first night we were on vacation back in June, we stayed the night in North Carolina.  We went to a restaurant called Shuckers and I ordered Shrimp and Grits.  It was so good.  I had never had shrimp and grits before, even though I grew up in Florida with old-school southerners. (Don't even get me started on that conversation)  Yes!  There are actually southerners in Florida. 

I ended up having Shrimp and Grits twice while we were on vacation and both times it was different.  But, the grits still had that cheesy, spicy flavor.  I couldn't figure out why the grits tasted spicy since I couldn't see any peppers.  

Once I started looking around at recipes, I did see a few recipes that had cayenne powder.  Oooooh!  The grits I ate probably had cayenne powder!! 
I think that I found a recipe close to the first dish I had.  The first plate of Shrimp and Grits I had was in a spicy, creamy sauce on a rectangle of fried grits.  I can not even begin to tell you how yummy that entire dish was!  It had mushrooms, tomatoes and andouille sausage.  The combination of creaminess and spiciness was just *mwahh*.  I'm smacking my lips together right now thinking about it!
The second time I had Shrimp and Grits was at the Key West Grill at Broadway at the Beach.
   It was totally different than the first stuff I had.  This dish had creamy grits, not fried.  And there was no andouille sausage and the shrimp were grilled--maybe blackened and grilled and there wasn't really any sauce to speak of.  

Here's the funny part--I'm the only person in my family (here in Ohio) that likes grits (you know--the whole southern thing) and apparently recently the only one who likes shrimp.  So, I would have to scale all of these recipes to feed one!

Most recipes that I've found online call for Tasso ham (a cajun spiced ham) or bacon.  I did find one that had andouille in it. 

I love this Tabasco recipe for Shrimp and Grits, but it didn't have an image, so I couldn't pin it!  It also has bacon, instead of andouille.


Have you ever had shrimp and grits?  Do you have a favorite recipe for it?

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