Shrimp and grits has all the tradition, a South Carolina low country staple. Jalapeño poppers have the pizzazz, standing atop many an appetizer menu around the country with its cheesy heat. Marry the two and you've got popping (get it) flavor added to a classic preparation, bringing the best out of both partners. Tip: Easier way to mince cilantro? Gather them all in one hand and lay on the cutting board. Use your knife in a rocking motion to cut, then turn 90 degrees and repeat until the herbs are properly minced!
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You Will Need
Medium Non-Stick Pan
Before You Cook
Prepare the Ingredients
Stem poblano pepper, seed, and cut into ½" dice. Poblano peppers can vary in spice level; most are mild, but a few can be quite hot. Wash hands and cutting board after prepping.
Mince cilantro (no need to stem).
Trim and thinly slice green onions.
Pat shrimp dry.
If using scallops, follow same instructions. If using 16 oz. shrimp, follow same instructions and season with a pinch of salt.
Cook the Grits
Once water is boiling, stir in grits. Reduce heat to low and stir constantly until grits are smooth, 3-4 minutes.
Add cheddar, cream cheese, corn, green onions, and seasoned salt. Stir constantly until heated through, 1-2 minutes.
Remove from burner. Cover and set aside.
If grits stiffen, return to medium heat and stir in water, 1 Tbsp. at a time, until desired consistency is reached.
Cook the Peppers
Place a medium non-stick pan over medium heat and add 2 tsp. olive oil.
Add poblano peppers and a pinch of salt to hot pan and stir occasionally until beginning to soften, 2-3 minutes.
Increase heat to medium-high.
Cook the Shrimp
Working in batches if needed, add shrimp to pan and stir occasionally until shrimp reach a minimum internal temperature of 145 degrees, 3-5 minutes.
Remove from burner.
If using scallops, cook until scallops reach a minimum internal temperature of 145 degrees, 1-2 minutes per side.
Finish the Dish
Plate dish as pictured on front of card, topping grits with shrimp and poblano and garnishing with cilantro and crispy jalapeños (to taste). Bon appétit!
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