If you had told me five years ago that I would learn how to cook some recipes that would rival some local restaurants, I would have laughed in your face. The truth is ever since I did my first Whole30 a couple years ago I have gotten to where I would much rather cook a meal at home than go out to a restaurant and risk not liking what I ordered. In the last five years I have gone from the girl who messes up cereal to the girl who can get a four-course meal on the table in under an hour. So when I had the chance to team up with Macy’s to show off the new Lagostina Nera Hard Anodized Collection I jumped at the chance! My challenge was to use the Lagostina Nera Hard Anodized 5 Qt. Casserole available now at Macy’s to create a dish that shows off our local flavor.
The Lagostina Nera Hard Anodized 5 Qt. Casserole is a durable non-stick hard anodized cookware, imbued with Italian craftsmanship, that is perfect for the everyday cook – just like me! It features premium hard anodized construction with thick 3.5mm base for even heat distribution, a nonstick coating – which I personally think everything should have – and sturdy, stay-cool ergonomic riveted cast stainless steel handles on either side which makes moving the dish from the stove to the sink to the oven a breeze! Yep you can even put it into the oven up to 500*! How cool is that?
I decided to make one of my favorite local flavors that I have both loved and hated from a couple local restaurants. Shrimp & Grits. It is one of those dishes that can either be really really good… or really really bad. You have to find the perfect balance between the sweet creaminess of the grits and the spicy kick of the shrimp. Since I wanted a challenge I decided to give it a go and see how I could match up. I have to say… I even impressed myself.
The best part about this meal is that I made it all in the one dish – so cooking and cleaning was super simple. The Casserole Dish was the perfect size for frying the bacon, boiling the grits, and even sautéeing the shrimp! I love when one dish lets me do everything I need to in the kitchen. The non-stick was a true non-stick – even when I nearly burnt the grits trying to get a photo! I am not only excited to now have this dish in my own kitchen, but to be able to give one away to one of my awesome readers as well! Scroll aaaallll the way down for the giveaway and a printable version of the recipe!
I knew I wanted a lot of flavor but I wanted to keep the recipe as simple as possible. After all, if you are anything like me – if it takes weird ingredients or some major culinary skill… I won’t do it. Shrimp & Grits is the perfect blend of Southern Flair and Gulf Coast Deliciousness, so I knew it was perfect for this challenge. I started with the #1 best ingredient than any recipe should start with…bacon. Cut up three pieces of thick cut bacon and fry up crispy in the Lagostina Nera Casserole.
Once crispy, remove the bacon and set aside, leaving the grease in the pan. Turn the heat down and throw in two cups of thawed frozen super sweet niblet corn. If the grease is too hot, the kernels may pop up – that is where that great lid comes in handy. Cook the corn until it starts to brown – about 6 minutes or so.
Once the corn is done, pour in three cups of chicken broth and one cup of heavy cream and bring to a boil, stirring often. Once it starts to boil, add in two cups of stone ground grits and turn the heat down to let simmer until most of the liquid is absorbed and grits are soft. You may need to add a little extra chicken broth if you want a thinner consistency.
Next throw in two cups of Colby Jack shredded cheese! The finely shredded will work best as it will fold right into the grits and make it super cheesy! You can also use sharp cheddar – but I am a huge fan of Colby Jack! Stir cheese in until it has totally melted into the grits.
When the grits are finished, pour them into a bowl and wipe out the pan – and put it right back on the stove while still hot. Throw in three tablespoons of butter and one green onion finely chopped. Once butter melts add in one pound of fresh Florida shrimp! I went ahead and splurged on the deveined ones that were ready to go! Add in one teaspoon seasoned salt and 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder plus the juice of one fresh lemon. These little guys will cook up quickly so stay close! Keep mixing them around until they turn completely white and start to caramelize. Add bacon back into the pan and keep mixing for about another two minutes to let all of the flavors combine.
Pour the hot shrimp over your grits and voila! You are ready to dine on one of the most delicious flavors of the South – Florida Style Shrimp & Grits!
Ok, want a recipe card that easy to print? No problem. But be sure to scroll just past it and enter to win your very own Lagostina Nera Hard Anodized 5 Qt. Casserole.
You made it! Is your mouth watering yet? I know – you are going to LOVE this dish! But first – you need the Lagostina! You can get this exact pan from your local Macy’s right now for just $49.99! But you can also enter to win one below! I am so excited to be able to offer one of my amazing readers their very own Lagostina Nera Hard Anodized 5 Qt. Casserole from Macy’s! You can enter using the RaffleCopter widget below! Good luck!
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