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Cheddar Cheese Grits With Shrimp, Pancetta, and Scallions

A wonderful southern dish comprised of plump shrimp, cheddar cheese grits, pancetta, and scallions



  • 8 ounces fresh medium shrimp in their shells
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups regular grits (not quick cooking)
  • 1/2 cup diced pancetta
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup shredded mild cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1/2 cup sliced scallions

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Cooking Steps

  1. Clean shrimp, removing shells; use tip of sharp knife to remove veins. Pat dry with paper towels. Set aside. In a large saucepan bring the water and grits to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes or until tender.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large sauté pan sauté pancetta over medium heat about 12 minutes or until crispy. Remove from pan; set aside. Add olive oil to pan; heat over medium heat. Add shrimp; sauté about two minutes or until shrimp are done and firm to the touch. Remove from pan; set aside.
  3. Add pancetta, cheddar cheese, butter, salt, and white pepper to grits, stirring until cheese and butter are melted. Transfer to serving dish; top with shrimp and scallions.


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