Larry and I were the only two who ate this tonight, but we both like the casserole and the slaw.
I lightened the casserole a bit by sauteing the onions and garlic with butter-flavored cooking spray instead of the butter. I used 2 tablespoons of whipped cream cheese instead of the 3 oz. package called for in the recipe. The three ounce package had 30 grams of fat - no wonder it's so good!! The whipped had about 12, so around half the amount of fat. I used 2% cheddar cheese for the topping, too. It was still very good! I will definitely make both of these again! This is a great way to stretch the shrimp! I used a bag of frozen, fully cooked shrimp. This meal is quick, too! It can be on the table in 45 minutes. Although I really like the green onions and minced garlic, for a quicker version, you could substitute a bit of onion and garlic powder.
Thursday - Shrimp and Grits Casserole, Quick Caesar Coleslaw, and Hush Puppies
Shrimp and Grits Casserole
2 cups milk
3/4 cup chicken broth (can make with bouillon)
1 cup uncooked quick-cooking grits
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons butter
1 (3-ounce) package cream cheese
2 -3 chopped green onions
2 - 3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 large egg (or 2 egg whites)
1 pound peeled and deveined medium shrimp, coarsely chopped
1 -2 cups cheddar cheese
Hot pepper sauce (optional)
Preheat oven to 375°.
Saute onions in butter until soft; add garlic and saute a minute longer. Set aside.
Combine milk and broth in a medium heavy saucepan; bring to a boil. Gradually add grits and salt to pan, stirring constantly with a whisk. Cook 5 minutes or until thick. Remove from heat.
Stir in Parmesan cheese, green onions and garlic, cream cheese, lemon juice, egg and shrimp. Spoon mixture into a baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese.
Bake for 25 minutes or until set. Serve with hot pepper sauce, if desired.
Quick Caesar Coleslaw posted below.
I baked frozen some of the frozen hush puppies from Wal-mart. The bag just says Hush Puppies. On the back it says they are distributed by Wal-mart.