Okra Hash with Shrimp and “Grits”

After a few days in Eastern North Carolina with its vinegary pulled pork, boiled peanuts sold at stands on country highways, and grits–lots and lots of grits–consider this low-country inspiration.

Okra Hash with Shrimp and “Grits”
Serves 2

Okra Hash

  • 3 pieces thick cut bacon, cut into short pieces (like lardons)
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • generous pinch red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 2 scallions, sliced (both white and green parts)
  • ~1/2# okra, sliced (pieces ~ 1/2″ wide)
  • 3 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 3/4# peeled and deveined shrimp, cut into bite size pieces
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 eggs, poached or fried

Cauliflower “Grits”

  • 12 oz. bag frozen cauliflower florets
  • 1-2 T. butter (or bacon fat)
  • salt and pepper
  1. Heat a large pan over medium/medium-high heat (test: your bacon should sizzle immediately in the pan). Add your bacon pieces; let sit for a couple of minutes. Once fat has begun to render and bacon is beginning to brown, add the onion and red pepper flakes and stir. Continue stirring occasionally.
  2. When onion is beginning to look translucent, add the scallions, okra, and garlic to the pan. Cook, stirring occasionally, for a few minutes.Meanwhile, put your frozen cauliflower in a covered dish and microwave 3-4 minutes, stir, and microwave another 2-3 minutes, or until fully defrosted and hot. Transfer cauliflower to a food processor and blend with butter and salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Add shrimp to pan and cook, stirring occasionally, for a few minutes, or until shrimp are cooked through. Salt and pepper to taste.
  4. To serve, spread cauliflower grits on a plate and spoon okra hash mixture on top of grits. Top with your egg and enjoy!


Nutrition Info: 
Based on the closest foods in Fitday, 1 serving of this (using 1 T. of butter and poached eggs) would have roughly 480 calories from 23 g of fat, 27 g carbohydrate (9 g of fiber), and 44 g protein.

 

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