This a casserole-type shrimp and grits, which is how it is served at my favorite restaurant, where the shrimp and grits are served in an individual stoneware dish, topped with cheese, and baked until melted and crusty. The cheese grits are a variation of a recipe of a good friend, which are so scrumptious it will make you beg and howl for more! This recipe would be just as good using white cheddar.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
28 mins
additional:
12 mins
total:
1 hr 10 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

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Original recipe yields 8 servings
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Directions

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  • Pour the milk into a large saucepan with the salt, cayenne pepper, and black pepper, and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly to prevent scorching. Sprinkle in the grits, cover, and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes, stirring occasionally until thickened.

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  • Uncover the grits, and add 1 1/2 cups of shredded Cheddar cheese and the hot pepper sauce, beating the mixture with a spoon until the cheese melts and the mixture is smooth. Cover the cheese grits and set them aside to firm up.

  • Heat the olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat, and cook and stir the onion and garlic for about 5 minutes, until the onion is translucent. Add the shrimp, and toss them in the hot oil for about 3 minutes, until the shrimp just turn pink and opaque. Stir in the garlic powder and diced tomatoes with chile peppers, and set the shrimp mixture aside.

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C), and spray a 7x11-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Place about 1 cup of shrimp mixture in the bottom of the dish, followed by 1 cup of cheese grits in a layer. Continue layering shrimp and grits, and top the final layer with 1 cup Cheddar cheese.

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, until the cheese topping is bubbling and beginning to brown. Let the casserole set for about 10 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts

422 calories; protein 32.2g; carbohydrates 13.9g; fat 26.4g; cholesterol 212mg; sodium 1321.1mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
10/26/2011
This was absoluely wonderful. We had it last night for dinner and my husband could not stop praising it. I halved the recipe and it worked fine althought it would have been just as good to keep the full amount of grits if not better and easier.. I had large shrimp that I cut into thirds; use the full amount (based on halved) of hotness and after the first surprising 'bite' we decided it had the perfect amount of heat to it. Since there were not much grits I could not layer it so I just poured some shrimp mixture in the pan and then put grits on top and mixed it up; then I did that again madce about three 'layers.' - put the cheese on top baked and it came out super. The smell while cooking was so good too. I will make this again and again. Perfect amount of everything. Mine was not soupy at all. UPDATE - made again for my 85 year od parents from NC and they too LOVED it - in fact loved so much they kept complimenting me on it all during the game. I accidently poured all the can including juice into it; but it was fine. Its now in my 'Favorite' Box. Thanks Read More
(22)
15 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
10/26/2011
This was absoluely wonderful. We had it last night for dinner and my husband could not stop praising it. I halved the recipe and it worked fine althought it would have been just as good to keep the full amount of grits if not better and easier.. I had large shrimp that I cut into thirds; use the full amount (based on halved) of hotness and after the first surprising 'bite' we decided it had the perfect amount of heat to it. Since there were not much grits I could not layer it so I just poured some shrimp mixture in the pan and then put grits on top and mixed it up; then I did that again madce about three 'layers.' - put the cheese on top baked and it came out super. The smell while cooking was so good too. I will make this again and again. Perfect amount of everything. Mine was not soupy at all. UPDATE - made again for my 85 year od parents from NC and they too LOVED it - in fact loved so much they kept complimenting me on it all during the game. I accidently poured all the can including juice into it; but it was fine. Its now in my 'Favorite' Box. Thanks Read More
(22)
Rating: 4 stars
03/31/2009
My family loved this recipe however a little too spicy for us and I left out the hot sauce. Will definitely make again and allow husband and one son to hot season on their own; myself and younger son will not. I think we would prefer less olive oil to saute the shrimp in as I added this to the casserole and it was a little too soupy. Thanks again for a lovely dinner we are looking forward to again. Read More
(17)
Rating: 4 stars
08/07/2011
This is a great recipe! You can easily adjust the spiciness to your preference. My hubby and I like only a little bit of heat so I skipped the hot pepper sauce and only added a pinch of cayenne. I halved the recipe using only 1 lb. shrimp but I wish that I had kept the grits the full amount. Just be sure to watch the grits and not let them boil over (I ended up scrubbing my stovetop for a while)! We really enjoyed this meal. Creamy yummy goodness! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/27/2011
I served this for our champagne breakfast/brunch on Thanksgiving. It was a huge success! I excluded the diced tomatoes as I didn't have any on hand and I was NOT going back to the supermarket after doing all of the Thanksgiving shopping! My family loved this and has requested for this to be a part of our favorite meals.:) Thanks for sharing!;) Read More
(8)
Rating: 4 stars
07/31/2012
Flavor is Right on. When I served it I gave extra hot sauce and cheese to whoever wanted it spicier or cheesier and it was a hit everyone loved it and asked me to make it again! I did intend to halve the recipe and based on previous comments I left the grits at the full amount and I m glad I did. There was big shrimp and plenty of grits and veggies to go around without anything being over powered. The grits were a little runnier than I d have liked so I may either add a little less milk as they loosen when they bake due to the onions tomatoes and shrimp releasing their yummy liquids into the grits. It wasn t Too bad but just a bit beyond where I d like so I ll try by cutting the milk by cup or so. Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
04/08/2020
Goodnight Marie! These are just wonderful. Having been raised by a gang of Tarheels, this hits the spot when I have a hankering for real Southern food. Thanks for the share! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/10/2015
My husband made this exactly to the recipe. It was amazing! We'll definitely have it again. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
04/03/2020
Honestly - I promise it still counts - I made this with everything EXCEPT the shrimp. The dish with its creamy texture and not overpowering cheese was delectable. I got the different texture through the crunch of the onions and the nice color from the tomatoes, which I still cooked with garlic powder and all. I'd recommend mostly because of how easy and adaptable it is. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/30/2020
This was really good. Been wanting something like this for a long while. Chose this recipe on the spot and had to modify ingredients: ground ancho instead of cayenne (and forgot the hot sauce), only 14 oz of salad shrimp so I added 1/2 bag of Morel diced ham. Next time I’ll make the full amount of grits mixture for my halved recipe. Tasted great! Read More
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