Cajun-Style Shrimp and Grits

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 ounces tasso ham, minced (1/2 cup)
1 cup chopped onion
1 garlic clove, minced
36 medium shrimp, peeled (about 1 1/4 pounds)
1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
2 1/4 cups water, divided
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 cup fat-free milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup uncooked quick-cooking grits
4 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (about 1 cup)
1/2 cup sliced green onions

Preparation:

1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add tasso; sauté 2 minutes or until edges are golden. Add onion; sauté 2 minutes. Add garlic; sauté 1 minute. Add shrimp to pan, sprinkle with Cajun seasoning, and cook 3 minutes, turning once. Add 1/4 cup water, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Remove from heat; add butter, stirring to melt. Cover and keep warm.

2. Bring milk, salt, and 2 cups water to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat. Gradually add grits, and cook until thick and bubbly (about 5 minutes), stirring constantly with a whisk. Remove grits from heat; add cheese, stirring with a whisk until cheese melts.
3. Spoon grits evenly onto 6 plates. Top evenly with shrimp, ham mixture, and green onions.
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