Thursday, April 14, 2011

April DK Challenge: Blackened Shrimp and Grits

Renata of Testado, Provado & Aprovado! was our Daring Cooks’ April 2011 hostess. Renata challenged us to think “outside the plate” and create our own edible containers! Prizes are being awarded to the most creative edible container and filling, so vote on your favorite from April 17th to May 16th at!

I really enjoyed this months Daring Kitchen challenge. It allowed me to use another side of my creativity.

Edible Containers?

All types of ideas were going through my head. Vegetables, bread, puff many options.

Ultimately, I decided to make Blackened Shrimp and Grits, using the grits as an edible bowl. This is a dish I have loved to learn after moving to Atlanta. It tastes as delicious as it sounds.

All you have to do is make grits, following the instructions on the container. A secret to deliciously creamy grits is to add a little heavy cream to the grits at the end.

Spray a baking dish with non-stick spray, or wipe the dish with butter. Pour the grits into the container and refrigerate for about 30 minutes, until firm.

Use a cookie cutter, or do what I did and use a clean & empty can, such as a left-over tomato sauce can, to cut circles. I also used a knife to cut square shapes, but forgot to take pictures of those!

Scoop out a small hole with a spoon, making sure not to scoop the bottom out.

Voila!! You have an edible bowl made of creamy grits. You can stuff these babies with anything....blackened shrimp, braised short ribs, diced chicken, or roasted vegetables. Even drizzle them with a little sauce.

Want to know what to do with the left-over grit balls that you scooped out?

Fry them! Stuff them with cheese, sauteed mushrooms, whatever you like. They make delicious snacks.


  1. What a delicious idea! Now, that's something I'd like to try.

  2. These look very nice and made from something that goes so well with the blackened shrimp.

  3. A creamy grits bowl is so creative, and just gorgeous with that blackened shrimp! Beautifully done!

  4. WOW your photography is outstanding so professional and the final grits container is stunning and with the blackened prawns are amazing fabulous work on this challenge.

    Cheers from Audax in Sydney Australia.

  5. @Claudia: I hope you try them. It's SO easy!!

    @Todd M: Thank you. Yes, when I first moved here I thought this dish was so weird, but shrimp taste great with grits.

    @Lisa: Thank you!

    @Audax: You're so good for my ego!! You always say the nicest things. Thank you. I am really trying to improve my photography skills. Your nice comments mean a lot!!!!

  6. This is my first visit in your blog and you have a beautiful space :) Love what you made here .. making me crave for it !! Beautiful beautiful click :)

  7. Kankana, thank you so much!!! I hope you visit again. Your blog is GREAT

  8. That was so clever! Not only the bowl idea, but also the snack made of the left-over grit balls.. yummy!! Great job! Thanks for joining!

  9. This is such a cool idea!! Shrimp and grits are delicious anyway, but with such a cute presentation, they're absolutely delectable. Great job on this challenge!!

  10. Wonderful idea. I love the creative challenge. I've just become aware of that challenge site but haven't had time to check it out in detail. I love grits and pairing them with flavorful shrimp sounds delicious.



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