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The Governor's Grits: Recipe!

Andi Frey - Saturday, July 14, 2012

A special thanks to the Governor's office for sharing their grits recipe! It tastes great using our Flat Creek Cheddar!

Georgia Shrimp and Country Ham & Cheddar Cheese Grits

2 pounds Georgia Shrimp
1/4 cup canola oil
1/2 pound country ham, diced
2 cups diced bell peppers (assorted colors)
2 cups Vidalia onions, diced
1/4 cup minced garlic
2 28 ounce cans diced tomatoes
1 cup white wine
1 quart shrimp or seafood stock
6 springs fresh thyme

2 cups grits
2 teaspoons salt
1/4 pound butter
1/2 pound Flat Creek Lodge Cheddar Cheese
1 cup heavy cream or half and half

In a deep skillet, heat canola oil.  Add diced country ham to hot pan.  Cook ham until slightly crisp, about 5-10 minutes.  Add onions, peppers and garlic, cooking until soft.  Deglaze pan with wine, cooking until almost evaporated.  Add tomatoes, thyme and stock.  Season with salt and pepper.  Be mindful of salt as ham is very salty.  Allow this to cook for 20 – 30 minutes.  Add shrimp to pan and cook until shrimp turns pink and opaque.  Serve over grits.

Cheddar Cheese Grits
Bring 6 cups of water to a boil with salt.  Using a whisk, stir grits into boiling water.  Add butter and continue to stir until it comes back to a boil.  Reduce heat and continue to cook for 45 – 60 minutes, stirring periodically and adding water if they get too thick.  Just before serving, add grated cheddar.  Stir grits until cheese is melted.  Check for seasoning and serve.

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