Monday, January 6, 2014

Hot Italian Sausage and Shrimp with Asiago Grits

I just loved this dish!  I had tried something similar to this at a restaurant and this recipe is pretty close.  I found this recipe on my favorite cooking website .   I didn't have any tomatoes on hand so I left those out and I used Johnsonville's Mild Italian sausage instead of the hot sausage but otherwise I followed the original recipe.  I really liked the way the grits with Asiago cheese compliments this dish.  It was a big hit with the husband too.
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  • Grits:
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 1/4 cups old-fashioned grits
  • 1/3 cup shredded Asiago cheese (or fresh grated parmesan) 
  • Sausage and shrimp:
  • 1 (19 ounce) package Johnsonville® Hot Italian Sausage, coin sliced
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 pound medium-sized shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 small red pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup corn (cut off the cob or frozen)
  • 1/3 cup sliced green onions
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cajun seasoning (optional)
  • 1/3 cup water  

1.  For the Grits:
2.  In a medium saucepan, bring broth and milk to a gentle boil and slowly whisk in grits. Reduce heat to low, cover and cook for about 12-15 minutes stirring frequently. While the grits are cooking prepare the sausage and shrimp.
3.  When the grits are done stir in the Asiago cheese. Keep them warm and continue to stir until ready to serve. (Grits cannot be made ahead of time.)
4.  For the Sausage and Shrimp:
5.  Cook coin sliced sausage in a 12" skillet over medium heat for about 10-12 minutes until browned and cooked through. Transfer to a bowl and reserve.
6.  Add olive oil to the hot skillet and cook the shrimp, turning until cooked through about 3-4 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes, red pepper, corn, green onions, garlic, seasoning and water and cook another 3-4 minutes. Add the cooked sausage and heat through.
7.  Spoon grits into individual bowls and top with sausage and shrimp mixture.