Breakfast Shrimp and Grits
1. Make sure you learn how to cook grits. Good grits should be thick and runny in the pot, allowing them to firm up in your bowl or on your plate. Unless they are leftovers you’re pan frying the next morning, they should not be dry.
2. Cook your shrimp whole, chop them and toss them in, big or small it doesn’t matter. What does matter is making sure you don’t overcook your shrimp.
The shrimp and grits found in this recipe is a little Carolina creole meets Asia. A Charleston classic with a sweet and salty finish. Enjoy!
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1 cup Coarse Ground Grits
4 cups Water
1 lb Peeled Shrimp
4 oz Grated Sharp Cheddar Cheese
2 Tbsp salt
2 Tbsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp freshly ground black pepper
1 Tbsp onion powder
1 Tbsp cayenne
1 Tbsp dried oregano
1 Tbsp dried thyme
1 bunch Kale, cut into ribbons
Curly or Green kale is most commonly used. It is usually bright or dark green or purple in color, has tight ruffled leaves and fibrous stalks that can be difficult to chop, but easy to tear if fresh. It has a noticeable pungent flavor with peppery and bitter qualities, the younger the leaves the less bitter.
Lacinato Kale – also known as dinosaur or Tuscan kale and is a little bit more tender than green or red kale. It features dark blue-green leaves with a slightly wrinkled and firm texture.
Kale is high in vitamin A – good for vision and skin. Vitamin C – helpful for your immune system, metabolism, and for hydration. Vitamin K – for protection against various cancers.
Red Pepper Flakes
1 clove Garlic, sliced
I like to slice my garlic thin for most of my recipes to infuse more garlic flavor into each dish and prevent the garlic from burning easily.
Garlic is also an amazing antibacterial and antiviral.
To separate the individual cloves from the bulb, place the bulb on a flat surface. Use the heel of your hand to apply firm but gentle pressure at an angle. The parchment layers will separate, allowing you to carefully remove as many cloves as you need.
Then, remove the thin covering on each individual clove. If you need to pop the clove with the side of your knife to help make it easier to remove the skin. Smaller cloves have a more intense flavor.
Because one of garlic’s most beneficial ingredients, allicin, is partially destroyed by cooking, you’ll get the greatest health boost if you use it raw or only lightly cooked when you can. However, cooking garlic forms other healthy sulfur compounds, so you still receive benefits when you cook it.
You can increase the health benefits you receive from garlic by letting it sit after you’ve sliced or crushed it.
Whole bulbs of store-bought garlic will keep for several months or more when stored at room temperature in a dry, dark place that has good air circulation. Keep in mind, however, that garlic’s lifetime decreases once you start removing cloves from the bulb.
1/4 cup Soy Sauce
1 tbsp Honey
When buying olive oil look for oil in dark bottles. It protects the fat from breaking down and turning rancid over time. Olive oil is one of the few things where what you spend is equal to it’s relative value. Buy a good mid-priced oil for your everyday cooking and feel free to splurge on a good finishing oil. My favorite all around olive oil is First Fresh.
2. Once the water comes to a boil add your grits to the pot with a pinch of sea salt.
3. Stir the grits often when you first add them to the water. Continue to stir frequently until the grits reach a porridge-like consistency then turn off the heat and allow the grits to thicken.
4. Season the grits with creole seasoning, red pepper flakes and seal salt to taste. Add the grated cheddar cheese and fold into the grits until melted and mixed evenly.
5. Remove the kale leaves from the stem. Roll them into cigar-like rolls and then slice them into ribbons (chiffonade). Chop the onions.
6. In a separate skillet add a small amount of olive oil to the pan (less than a teaspoon), the kale and the onion. Sautee on medium high heat until the onions soften.
7. Rough chop the shrimp and sprinkle with sea salt. Add them to the skillet and sautee until pink.
8. In a small bowl add the honey and then the soy sauce. Whisk with a fork to combine.
9. Add some grits to your bowl top with the shrimp and kale. Drizzle some honeyed soy sauce on the shrimp and enjoy!
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