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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Blue Corn Crusted Shrimp with Cheesy Grits & Spinach



Tonight I made up a new recipe, blue corn crusted shrimp and cheesy grits. I love the blue color these chips render on the plate. Nobody wants to eat a plate of food all one color, so I sauteed a bit of spinach for nutrients and color. I am also a huge fan of grits, I suppose it's the earthly, nutty texture of this grain that I so adore. Grits are to be cooked by the package directions, with the exception of sharp cheddar and butter added at the end for flavor. The shrimp are super simple to prepare- great for kids or a cocktail party!

Blue Corn Crusted Shrimp
(serves 2)
8-10 large shrimp
1 egg, whisked 
2 cups blue corn chips, blended into tiny bits 
Cajun seasoning 
Cooking spray 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Clean shrimp and set aside. Mix blended corn chips with a few pinches of cajun seasoning and pour onto a plate. In a small bowl, pour whisked egg. Dip shrimp into egg and then into blue corn blend, fully coating the shrimp. Place on baking sheet and spray lightly with cooking spray. Bake in oven at 400 degrees for 10 minutes, turning once. 
*Plate shrimp over grits, as I have done, serve as an appetizer or over your favorite salad!


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