Southwestern Shrimp ‘n’ Hominy Grits [California Dairy Recipe Redux Challenge]

by Sarah on March 11, 2014 · 6 comments

Y’all know that of all the Food Network princes,* Tyler Florence is the one who I’d want to wake me up from a poison-induced deep sleep in the forest, but we all have the other king of the Food Network to thank for this.

*Remember, Adam Richman is on Travel Channel.IMG_5815 (1024x683)

As is my way, I was tuning in to the new food competition show, where Bobby Flay survived the shrimp ‘n’ grits challenge with grits he made from ground up hominy.IMG_5696 (1024x683)

Now, if My Cousin Vinny taught us nothing else, he taught us to always pay for our tuna that the entire grit-eating world knows grits can’t be made in less than 20 minutes.tumblr_lxsr8jjIVt1r3lllro1_1280

Well, Vinny, these ARE magic ‘grits.’

In more ways than one.IMG_5706 (1024x683)

Because not only are they chili pepper spicy and cornbread sweet–and require nothing more than spin through a hand blender to make–

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—they are incredibly light and creamy, without a single pat of butter or grate of cheese to be found.IMG_5827 (1024x683)

The secret ingredient?

Real California Dairy yogurt.IMG_5713 (1024x683)

As part of National Nutrition Month, a month designated to focus on making healthier food choices for better overall health and wellness, the California Milk Advisory Board, which represents more than 1500 dairy families, is celebrating “dairy good” nutrition by asking Recipe ReDux members to “lighten up” some of our favorite recipes with California dairy.reciperedux_CAdairy

As the last time I made shrimp ‘n’ grits they were soaked in beer and cheese (like the great state of Wisconsin), I think this rendition, featuring the calcium boost and protein punch that low-fat (California) dairy can provide, is  a much more nutritious version of the traditional.IMG_5807 (1024x683)

And I am quite partial to this face moo-ing around my kitchen.browncow_californiadairy

The shrimp and pepper mixture also requires very little work or measurement:IMG_5772 (1024x683)

…just a speedy spin around the pan until those little crustaceans start blushing pink and chasing their (discarded) tails.IMG_5786 (1024x683)

And if for some reason you DO have leftover ‘magic’ grits in the morning.IMG_5861 (1024x683)

I have it on good authority they taste delicious with eggs (and avocado yogurt sauce).IMG_5865 (1024x682)

At that is a statement that WILL hold up in a backwoods Alabama court.IMG_5828 (1024x682)

Southwestern Shrimp ‘n’ Hominy Grits

[Serves 4]

  • 2 15-0z. cans golden hominy, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup plain, low fat Real California Dairy yogurt
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Southwestern Chipotle seasoning (or substitute your favorite chili powder)
  • 16-oz. raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 14-oz. package frozen sliced bell peppers and onions
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  1. Use a hand blender to process hominy, water, yogurt, salt, and 1/2 tsp. Southwestern Chipotle seasoning until smooth.
  2. Heat hominy ‘grits’ in a sauce pan until warmed through.
  3. Meanwhile, saute bell peppers and onions with 1/2 tsp. Southwestern Chipotle seasoning until cooked.
  4. Sprinkle remaining seasoning on shrimp and add to the pan.
  5. Cook shrimp curled and pink.
  6. Remove from heat immediately.
  7. Serve over grits!


I received a gift card to offset the expense of my ingredients. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the California Milk Advisory Board and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Kaila @healthyhelperblog! March 11, 2014 at 8:22 am

This looks delicious! Wasn’t this a fun challenge to participate in?! I had a good time getting creative with dairy! :)


Deanna Segrave-Daly March 11, 2014 at 10:24 am

I’ve never used hominy but this recipe looks like an amazing 1st time for me to do so – I love everything Southern esp. shrimp & grits!


Serena March 11, 2014 at 12:40 pm

What a fun post! Love the movie references…and the menu…and the runny egg…and the graphic with California Real Seal! Grits with yogurt: Brilliant!


Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets March 15, 2014 at 2:03 pm

I want the grits covered in yolk porn, preferably while watching My Cousin Vinny. Classic movie.


Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli March 27, 2014 at 4:52 am

Love this! Love Tyler Florence! Love My Cousin Vinny…omg, it’s been forever since I’ve seen that!


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