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The South's version of creamy polenta, grits are easy to make on a weeknight--especially when topped with quickly broiled shrimp and scallions. Use the sharpest Cheddar you can find for these cheesy grits. Serve with: Sautéed greens and a tall glass of iced tea.

Source: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2008

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Position rack in upper third of oven; preheat broiler.

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  • Bring broth and water to a boil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Whisk in grits and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in cheese. Cover to keep warm.

  • Meanwhile, toss shrimp, scallions, oil, garlic powder, the remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper and salt in a medium bowl. Transfer to a rimmed baking sheet. Broil, stirring once, until the shrimp are pink and just cooked through, 5 to 6 minutes. Serve the grits topped with the broiled shrimp and scallions.

Tips

Shopping Tips:
Look for quick grits near oatmeal and other hot cereals or near cornmeal in the baking aisle.

Shrimp is usually sold by the number needed to make one pound. For example, “21-25 count” means there will be 21 to 25 shrimp in a pound. Size names, such as “large” or “extra large,” are not standardized, so to be sure you're getting the size you want, order by the count (or number) per pound. Both wild-caught and farm-raised shrimp can damage the surrounding ecosystems when not managed properly. Fortunately, it is possible to buy shrimp that have been raised or caught with sound environmental practices. Look for fresh or frozen shrimp certified by an independent agency, such as Wild American Shrimp or Marine Stewardship Council. If you can't find certified shrimp, choose wild-caught shrimp from North America--it's more likely to be sustainably caught.

Cut Down on Dishes: A rimmed baking sheet is great for everything from roasting to catching accidental drips and spills. For effortless cleanup and to keep your baking sheets in tip-top shape, line them with a layer of foil before each use.

Nutrition Facts

3 oz. shrimp & 2/3 cup grits
338 calories; protein 24.7g; carbohydrates 30.3g; dietary fiber 2g; sugars 1g; fat 12.6g; saturated fat 5g; cholesterol 164.5mg; vitamin a iu 640.6IU; vitamin c 4.6mg; folate 115.7mcg; calcium 226.5mg; iron 1.9mg; magnesium 47.3mg; potassium 340mg; sodium 1090.4mg; thiamin 0.2mg.

2 starch, 4 lean meat, 1 fat

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