After a day of exploring water parks or splashing in the ocean, the last thing bone-tired (but happy) vacationers want to do is shower up and head out again. Luckily for you, smart vacationer, you opted for a beach condo that includes a fantastic kitchen. You can enjoy a home-cooked meal and a breathtaking sunset right from the veranda or balcony of your home away from home.
Now all you need is the perfect recipe, something that’s comforting, not too difficult to prepare and has that unique, southern flair. Want to know what’s cooking in our beach condo? Blackened Shrimp and Grits! Ready to give it a try?
Blackened Gulf Shrimp and Grits
2 cups of chicken broth
2 cups of milk (whole or 2%)
1/3 cup butter (cubed)
¾ tsp. salt
½ tsp. pepper
¾ cup uncooked, old fashioned grits
1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
8 pieces of thick sliced bacon, chopped
1 pound unpeeled, medium-size raw Gulf shrimp
3 garlic cloves (minced)
1 tsp. blackened seasoning
4 green onions
Hot sauce (optional)
Add the broth, milk, butter, salt and pepper to a large saucepan. Once the ingredients come to a boil, stir in the grits. Turn down the heat and set a lid on the pan, simmering the grits for 10 to 12 minutes. Stir them every few minutes. They will thicken as they cook. When the grits are done, add in the cheese and stir them again. Put the lid back on. They’ll stay nice and hot while you cook the shrimp.
Cook the chopped bacon in a skillet. Once the bacon is crispy, drain it on paper towels. Save a few tablespoons of the drippings. Toss the shrimp in the bacon grease and cook with the garlic and seasoning until the shrimp is pink on both sides.
Fill bowls with grits and top with shrimp and chopped green onions. For a bit more heat, dash on the hot sauce.
This recipe serves four people and it is the quintessential comfort food. We love it for breakfast, lunch or dinner!
See how easy that was? For your next Florida vacation, choose a condo with a great view and an inviting kitchen. Who knows what you’ll whip up?