Shrimp and Grits History
Cheesy Shrimp and Grits – Holiday Meal or Weeknight Dinner
Use White or Yellow Corn Grits
I use white corn grits for Christmas and yellow corn grits (aka polenta) for Easter. If using traditional white corn grits, use white cheddar cheese to keep the color. Using yellow grits is not customary and probably illegal in some Southern states, but I think the color works great for Spring. It is also convenient since I always have polenta and yellow cheddar on hand for other recipes.
What is the difference between white and yellow corn grits?
According to Bob’s Red Mill, grits and polenta are the same. They consist of dried, milled corn with most of the germ removed and grind to produce a coarse grit. White corn grits are from white corn, and yellow corn grits (polenta) are from yellow corn. Note: Do not use cornmeal, and instant grits do not provide the same flavor.
The bottom line
In summary, Shrimp and Grits have a rich history and variety of recipes. The mild taste of the corn grits is an excellent base for a colorful and tasty gravy. Experiment with different vegetables and spice levels. You don’t have to go to a restaurant to enjoy it. Give tribute to the colorful history of Shrimp and Grits and make it at your home.