Shrimp and "Grits"
Cauliflower stands in for hominy grits in this rich, yummy southern food staple."This was very cool and interesting as a dish. Also VERY rich, between the shrimp and the cream cheese in the grits. I added the optional shredded cheese to the "grits", but I don't think I would again. I lost the earthiness of the cauliflower underneath all that bold cheese. I think I liked the shrimp and greens (I used turnips) better than the cauliflower grits, but I can't really complain about any of it." - dakotarussell
Yield: 4 Ready in 30 minutes
favorite of 110 people 105 people want to try
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|1 headcauliflower; (medium or large)|
|1 largeshrimp; cooked, tails removed|
|4 stripsbacon; chopped|
|2 cupsmushrooms; chopped|
|3 clovesgarlic; minced (or garlic powder, to taste)|
|1 tspsalt and pepper; or to taste, (each)|
|4 ozcream cheese; (Neufchatel works too)|
|4 tbspbutter; (plus some for the pan)|
|.5 cuplight cream or half-and-half|
|.5 cupshredded cheese; (optional)|
|1 bunchkale, turnip or collard greens; (optional)|
Shrimp and "Grits" Preparation
Sauteeing is done while the cauliflower steams, so make sure you have everything chopped in advance....
Boil or steam the cauliflower (approx. 10 min) until soft. Reserve water for greens, if desired.
While cauliflower boils/steams, heat a skillet on medium-high heat. Heat butter or oil and add mushrooms, bacon and garlic to skillet. Saute until soft, about 6-minutes. Lower heat to medium. Add shrimp, salt and pepper; saute until cooked through while you finish up the greens and cauliflower.
If adding greens, boil or steam greens in the same pot as the cauliflower (about 5-10 minutes, depending on how soft you like your greens)
Mash cauliflower to desired consistency (it's good to have a few chunks in the mix). Add 4 tbsp butter, cream cheese, and cream and stir over low heat until everything is incorporated. Add salt, pepper, and spices to taste; add cheese, if desired.
Add greens to shrimp mixture, if desired; spoon "grits" onto serving plates and top with shrimp mixture. Serve with biscuits or cornbread to round out the meal.
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