Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Recipe :: Cream Cheese Grits

It's rare for me to take a break from my handmade caramel business, but I recently went to New Orleans for a fabulous family wedding and was introduced to the best grits e.v.e.r! In usual caramel girl form, I was determined to figure out a way to recreate these velvety, smooth grits at home. Note to those that have been turned off of grits for life: these are not the horrible, grainy, undesirable grits, but rather, grits that you may dream about! At least I do!


Take a peek at the recipe I used and a few photos after the jump.
From Mr. B's Bistro

Serves 6

2 cups heavy cream
2 cups whole milk
1 cup stone-ground grits {We used Bob's Red Mill)
1/3 cup mascarpone cheese {I substituted Cream Cheese}
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste









Directions:

In a medium saucepan, bring cream and milk to a simmer over moderately low heat.  Whisk in grits and cook, stirring often, for 25 minutes.  Stir in cheese and season with salt and pepper. We topped ours off with some delicious fresh shrimp! Enjoy!

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58 comments:

  1. Oh my! I can't wait to try this...we LOVE Mr. B's.
    -Ashley
    Seattle, WA

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  2. So good, and easy! I've tried another recipe before with about 3x as long of an ingredients list, and it still wasn't as good as this. Keep it simple, that's what we say here in the south!
    - Charlotte
    Pickens, SC

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  3. Tried this last night..............OH MY IT WAS GOOD!!! I will NEVER, ever order shrimp and grits at another restaurant again. Why, when this is better and SO easy!! Thanks for sharing!!

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    1. If you ever have the opportunity to be in Willmington, NC there is a Brewery/rest. (Front Street Brewery) It has the BEST shrip and grits ever! Others can't compare!

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    2. Had lunch there Sunday! So good.

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  4. Oh and I have to say that my husband who does not like shrimp and grits ate two bowls of it. Kids loved it too!

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    1. Love it! So glad you all loved the grits!!

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  5. Yum! Very good. I used half milk half water and added some cheddar at the end. Delicious.

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  6. Love the idea of adding cream cheese to grits, I'll add that next time. Try shrimp by frying up 6-8 strips of bacon while shrimp is hanging out in a different bowl seasoned. Toss shrimp in flour and corn starch. When bacon is cooked add stick of butter and cook shrimp until about ±5 min. Take out and let drain. Put 2-4 tbs flour in grease and stir until thickened to your like. Add water to get consistancy of gravy you want. Crumble up bacon in bowl. To serve put gravy on grits top with shrimp and bacon. You won't want to slap anyone because you will be too busy chowing down. Don't even bother to count the calories.

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    1. I cannot wair to prepare it all this way! I'm thinking dinner tonight!! Thanks

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    2. We were gonna have tacos for dinner tonight...then I saw this..haha last minute menu change and quick run to grocery store...mmmm my mouth is watering just thinking about it. Thank you both ladies :-)

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  7. Born & raised in Fla. & had never heard of shrimp & grits until I was home in March. Can't wait to try this recipe.

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  8. Amazingly yummy. I just got wisdom teeth out and needed something that would lift my spirits but fell into the soft and easily edible category. Ladies and Gentlemen, we have a winner!

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  9. I get white grits at Trader Joe's and make with whole milk, a bit of cream and good salt and pepper and extra sharp cheddar at the very end, of course I am gaining weight eating them. Prawns and bacon? We should be friends.

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    1. Lol. These are delicious and honestly, excellent reheated the next day! I'm liking the sharp cheddar addition!!!

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  10. Made this tonight and I must say, it was the best dish ive ever made! My boyfriend was amazed! Thanks!

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    1. Lol. You're adorable! Let me know if Big Daddy loved them. :)

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  12. you NEED to try Superior Seafoods grits next time you're in Nola

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    1. Oooh...will add to my list! I hope to go back soon! Perhaps early 2013!

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  13. Made this tonight a little too thick for me so next time I will use less cream and use water instead but other then that awesome recipe :)

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  14. how did you cook your shrimp? looks lovely!!

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    1. Hi, I used this recipe for the shrimp and it was delicious! http://countryroadsmagazine.com/Entrees/shrimp-with-red-eye-gravy-and-grits

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  15. I can't wait to try these. I ate at Mr. B's 6 years ago and have been craving those grits ever since!

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    1. Weren't they amazing! It's what dreams are made of. :)

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  16. We have a NOLA style restaurant in town that serves something like this but it's with Gouda cheese, they call them Sexy grits :) and they're amazing

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    1. Lol. Sexy Grits! Dying to know what town you're in. :)

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  17. Just got back from NOLA last week. The shrimp & grits at Mr. B's was my FAVORITE meal of the 5 days we were there. If i ever go back I think I will eat there every night. It was the BOMB higly recomend it. GEE think i liked it much????

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    1. Lol. That's exactly how I felt after my trip! So glad you loved Mr. B's!

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  18. I really want to make these grits for a work function I have coming up. If I was to make them in a crock pot to keep them warm would you suggest any changes? Are the grits still good on their own without the shrimp? I'm a grits cooked in water with just some butter, salt & pepper type of girl myself, but these sound so good!

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    1. Erica,
      I am by no means an expert on grits. lol. But knowing that this recipe does firm up a little the more they are cooked, I would suggest having a box of chicken stock to whisk in if they do firm up before serving. That's normally what I do at our house when stove top cooking them. :) Good luck! Let me know how it turns out!

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  19. Come join us in Anniston, AL where Classic on Noble serves a shrimp and grits recipe to die for! It is absolutely delish!!!

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  20. I made this for supper tonight and it was wonderful! my nephew said these were the best grits he'd ever had and that I should forget about any other grits and make these from now on! we live in Louisiana and have grits all the time for breakfast, just the water, salt, pepper, and butter kind though. I only had small gulf shrimp on hand, so I sautéed bacon, onion, bell pepper, and garlic together then added my seasoned shrimp. after the shrimp was done, I took it out and made a gravy from the drippings...phenomenal! thanks for the recipe!!

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    1. Yum! It sounds amazing! So glad your family loved them. :)

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  21. Northern-born and raised girl who got turned on to grits by Southern-born and raised husband, said girl now loves grits with cheese and bacon!! Definitely trying this version and will report back. Planning to add some bell pepper, bacon and cheese to the base recipe, maybe a touch of gravy. Husband likes his with an easy-over egg on it, I do too. Looking forward to cream grits!

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    1. Let me know what you like. And I LOVE grits with a poached or easy egg on top too!

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  22. I grew uP in Ft. Benning GA & we used to eat this for breakfast with soft scrambled eggs, I had since made it for my kids & they swear it's an Old recipe from a Southern Bell. The bacon & shrimp makes this look so delish

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    1. I grew up in MN so grits definitely weren't a tradition, but now, I do find myself enjoying all day long ;) So glad that your kids enjoy the grits too! I love to see families keeping those traditional alive with the younger generation. :)

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  23. I'm a Florida girl, born and raised, and love cheese grits. The flavor of these were amazing! We followed the recipe exactly, but with still 11 minutes to cook they were so thick we could barely whisk them. They were cooked, so we added the cream cheese and about 1/3 C of sharp cheddar. Love them but not sure why they were so thick. It was more like eating a grits casserole than regular grits. Any ideas? Thanks for posting this! My Colorado husband is in love with them. :)

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    1. So glad you enjoyed them. The thickness of the grits and cooking time definitely could vary. I would suggest thinning with stock or even 1/4 cup of water. :) Good Luck!

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  24. Lived in New Orleans my whole life and these are good!!

    I used skim milk instead of whole milk and it worked great but I needed to add about a half a cup more milk to get the right consistency.

    Also, I only had a cup of heavy cream, so I substituted the other cup with skim milk and half a stick of butter.

    I always like to add some preservatives to my grits-- this time I used blackberry/strawberry--mm!

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    1. Sounds amazing! So glad you enjoyed the recipe! :)

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  25. I don't really care for grits, but tried these at Mr B's. I loved them. they are delicious. Glad to get this recipe.

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  26. Hello, Any Ideas As Far As Shrimp Substitute? I'm Allergic To All Shellfish, But Would Love To Make These Grits!

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    1. Hi, sorry this went to our spam box! Try it with a cod or even as a side to pork chops!

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  27. I can't seem to open the link for the shrimp recipe you used...do you have another link to share?? This sounds AMAZING and I can't wait to try it out!!

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  28. Super yummy! When I serve them, people rave!

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