Creamy Bacon-Mushroom Shrimp and Grits

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Difficulty: Easy - for beginners
Serves: 4

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Ingredients

3 slices bacon, chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small Florida onion, finely minced
1 large clove Florida garlic, minced
1/3 cup Florida celery, chopped fine
1/3 cup Florida green pepper; chopped fine
1 sprig fresh Florida thyme
1 bay leaf
1 cup sliced Florida mushrooms
1 pound medium Florida shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 cup half and half
1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
dash hot pepper sauce
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
Florida parsley, chopped

Method

Prepare grits according to package directions; set aside and keep warm. Fry bacon until crisp then remove from pan and set aside. Pour off all but 1 tablespoon of fat in the pan and add olive oil to bacon fat; heat over medium-high heat. Add onion, garlic, celery, green pepper, thyme, bay leaf and mushrooms; sauté until soft. Add shrimp and cook until pink and cooked through. Stir in cream, bacon, cayenne pepper, hot sauce and lemon juice; simmer until heated through. In individual bowls or plates, spoon shrimp over grits; sprinkle with parsley and serve.

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