6/25/09

Shrimp and Grits, Easy Mandarin Orange Salad and Hush Puppies


Shrimp and Grits, Easy Mandarin Orange Salad and Hush Puppies


Many thanks again to my friend, Roan, at Joyful Always for this delicious recipe. It’s definitely a keeper! This would make a great “date-night-at-home” meal!

We bought some shrimp while we were in Destin and froze them when we got home. I thawed some of these to use for tonight’s supper. They were very tasty!

I love Shrimp and Grits! My favorite restaurant version (to date is the one served at Boure in Oxford.

Leigh and Brendan were in Destin for a conference a couple of the days we were there. They treated us to supper one night at Graffiti’s, located in the Baytown area. Larry and I both ordered the Shrimp and Grits dish, which was delicious! The restaurant’s artwork was neat, too!

The Easy Mandarin Orange Salad was inspired by a salad I ate at Harbor Docks, while we were on vacation. The crisp lettuce, crunchy almonds, sweet oranges and tangy Italian salad dressing all contrast each other nicely. It goes really well with seafood.

I've had two people mention that they have tried the Hush Puppies from Wal-mart, and they like them really well, too! They are pretty good!


Thursday - Shrimp and Grits, Easy Mandarin Orange Salad and Hush Puppies OR *”Leftover Buffet”

*If you have enough leftovers from the week’s previous meals, heat everything and serve it to your family buffet-style.

Shrimp and Grits

This recipe is courtesy of Roan at Joyful Always. Thanks, Roan!!

3 cups chicken broth
1 cup uncooked quick-cooking grits
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons butter
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
6 slices of bacon
2 lbs. medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
2 garlic cloves, minced (I use the kind in the jar already chopped)

Bring chicken broth to boil. Stir in grits. Cook, stirring occasionally, 5-7 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat; stir in salt, pepper, butter, and cheese. Set aside and keep warm.
Cook bacon until crisp, set aside to cool then crumble. Cook shrimp in the same pan over medium heat 3 minutes or until almost pink, stirring occasionally. Add lemon juice and next 4 ingredients and cook 3 minutes. Stir in bacon. Spoon grits onto individual plates. Top with shrimp mixture. Serve immediately.
Serves 4-6

Easy Mandarin Orange Salad

1 bag Romaine OR spring mix lettuce
*½ cup toasted slivered almonds
1 can Mandarin oranges, drained
1 bottle Italian salad dressing

Place lettuce on salad plates. Top with drained oranges and toasted almonds. Drizzle with salad dressing.

*To toast almonds, place slivered almonds and 1 tablespoon butter in a microwave-safe pie plate. Microwave on high, stirring every minute until brown, 4 to 5 minutes.

Hush Puppies

We really like Hush Puppies from Wal-mart. The bag doesn’t have a brand name, not even Great Value. It simply says - Hush Puppies. On the back of the bag, it says they are distributed by Wal-mart. They are really good and a hit with all of us. As Larry says, they are better than many restaurant hush puppies. I just follow the directions on the bag for baking them.

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