When it comes to cooking, I consider myself to be adventurous. I love combining classic recipes with bold flavors to create new dishes that instantly become family favorites. With the warmer months coming, I’m been dusting off favorite family dishes and looking around for ways to add real, natural flavors to them. So it only makes sense that I decided a little makeover was needed for one of my all time favorite dishes…..shrimp and grits. Growing up in the South, it’s a dish that is ingrained with my childhood memories. In fact, it is the dish that was served at my wedding rehearsal dinner and so many other special occasions. But as any good Southern cook knows, taking a classic meal that mama used to make and breathing new life into it is how traditions continue and even better dishes are born. And so I made it my mission to find a way to add bold flavors and delicious textures to my childhood favorite while turning it into the perfect summer dish of BBQ Shrimp with Blue Cheese Grits.
One of the first things my mama taught me when I was learning to cook was the the ingredients I use matter. But right after that all important lesson, she also shared that shortcuts that add flavor are a Southern woman’s best friend. Knowing these two truths, I started my BBQ shrimp dish with fresh coastal jumbo shrimp and Stubb’s products. This line of sauces that are great for grilling, sautéing and even baking were created with real ingredients and amazing flavors to help Southern cooks like me infuse the taste of the South into each and every bite.
Once I had my ingredients pulled together and prepared, all that was left to do was take a classic recipe and get creative in order to transform my family’s dinner into a dish that was truly delightful.
What You Will Need:
1 and 1/2 Pounds of Jumbo Shrimp
1 Cup of Stone Ground Grits
2 Cups of Chicken Stock
2 Cups of Water
2 Tablespoons of Parsley
1 Tablespoon of Butter
1/2 Cup of Crumbled Blue Cheese
4 Cups of Fresh Spinach
2 Tablespoons of Water
2 Tablespoons of Stubb’s Sweet Black Pepper Anytime Sauce
Diced Green Onions
How to Make It:
While this meal does require a little prep, once I was ready to cook it was easily put together and totally worth any effort that went into making it. Seriously, this is one dish that had everyone in my family drooling. To start, I peeled my shrimp and added them to my skewers.
As I finished each skewer, I added it to a clear baking dish and brushed on Stubb’s Sweet Heat Legendary Bar-B-Q Sauce. I knew that the bold flavors and subtle heat of this sauce would elevate my BBQ shrimp to a whole new level that would leave us all drooling.
After making sure all of my shrimp were covered in the amazing sweetness of Stubb’s sauce, I placed then in the refrigerator to marinate for an hour. While they were marinating, I set to work creating my blue cheese grits. Now, living in the South I know that grits are a fine art and the secret to my grits is cooking them with chicken stock. So I added my two cups of chicken stock and two cups of water to a pot and brought it to a boil. Then I slowly added in my grits and allowed them to cook for about 13 minutes until they were cooked completely.
As soon as my grits were done cooking I removed them from the heat, stirred in my parsley, butter and blue cheese and then covered them and allowed them to sit.
With my grits ready, it was time to take my prepared shrimp to the grill and cook them to perfection. After turning the grill onto medium-high heat, I placed my shrimp skewers on it and cooked them on each side for about three minutes, brushing on more Stubb’s sauce the whole time to ensure that the sweet flavor with a subtle heat underneath was cooked into every bite.
Once my shrimp were cooked to perfect and my grits ready, all that was left to do was assemble my dish. I wanted to add some color to the plate and since I try to make meals that are complete, I reached for my spinach and poured it into a large saute pan. After increasing my heat to medium-high, I added two tablespoons of water and two tablespoons of Stubb’s Sweet Black Pepper Anytime Sauce for a just a touch of flavor and allowed it to wilt until it was soft but still held it’s vibrant color.
After removing it from the stove, I placed a large spoonful of my wilted spinach on each plate and spread it out. Next, I topped my spinach with my drool-worthy blue cheese grits and finally, my perfectly delicious BBQ shrimp went on top.
After sprinkling a few diced green onions over the top of my already drool-worthy dish, I had a new take on a classic Southern dish that was full of amazing flavors.
In each and every bite, the sweet heat of the Stubb’s sauce was the star and it combined perfectly with the slight tang of the blue cheese grits and the spicy flavor that the Stubb’s Anytime Sauce had added to the spinach.
And when all three foods were combined into one bite, it was Southern perfection like this mama has never knows.
Whether you’ve grown up on amazing Southern dishes like me or just want to bring a taste of the South into your own kitchen, I highly encourage you to discover cooking with delicious Stubb’s products that are made with bold flavors and natural ingredients. Start with Stubb’s Legendary Bar-B-Q sauces then continue on to spice rubs, marinades and Anytime Sauces that are made with real ingredients and goodness in the way that only Stubb’s can!
Tell me, what’s your favorite Southern dish and how could you make it even more delicious with help from Stubb’s Legendary Bar-B-Q sauces, spice rubs, marinades and Anytime Sauces?