Shrimp and Grits Bites

Remember a while back I shared my go to recipe for shrimp and grits? I just have to share with you another dish I made with that simple shrimp and grits recipe. For lack of a better name, I call them Shrimp and Grits Bites. Here’s how they came about.  You see, as usual I overcooked. I have this thing about always cooking too much food. I’m sure it stems from the Mother’s Day of Way Back When that all of my sisters-in-law and I decided we would prepare the Mother’s Day meal for my mother-in-law.

Before I go any further, I just have to tell you that my mother-in-law can easily handle a seated dinner for 30 – 40 people on a routine basis without even thinking about breaking a sweat.  It’s amazing to watch her as she performs the dance you can tell she’s performed many times before. Seemingly effortlessly, she serves a perfectly cooked, elegant meal with all the trimmings.

Well, the same could not be said for this fateful Mother’s Day.  We ran out of food.

Mortification doesn’t even begin to describe the feeling. Humiliation comes a lot closer. Hilarity has since stuck his head into the picture. It’s certainly a Mother’s Day we’ve never forgotten, nor likely will. My mother-in-law’s sage advice of, “always prepare a little more than you need” is now just ingrained in me.

Therefore, I overcook. Luckily that lead to having fun in the kitchen making these scrumptious little appetizers that I sure think you’ll like, too.

Here’s how I made them.

Shrimp and Grits Bites
  • [Shrimp and Grits Recipe|]
  1. Preheat oven to 350º Fahrenheit
  2. Spoon prepared grits into mini muffin tin. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool in the pan for about 5 minutes.
  3. Remove grits to a serving platter and top with prepared shrimp.
  4. Serve warm.



Have you ever had a major kitchen disaster like I did? I certainly would love to commiserate with you about it. Oh what the hay, I really just want to feel a little bit better about ours. Will you share?


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  1. 6


    Love the idea of turning shrimp and grits into bite-sized appetizers, and I’m a big believer in over-cooking. My in-laws are notoriously low on food. I’d much rather have leftovers to eat.

  2. 8


    These look delicious, Robyn. I did have an epic kitchen disaster a few months back with a roast chicken. It didn’t defrost all the way and took absolutely hours to cook. We were eating dinner at like 10:30 p.m., with guests! I was mortified too.

  3. 9


    Great little appetizer. And I’m also an overcooker. Running out of food is my biggest fear, so I end up cooking enough to feed a football stadium when we entertain.

  4. 11


    My Greek MIL is a queen of overcooking and sadly through the years I have slowly learned to embrace it by *overeating* while a guest in her home. (Well somebody has to do it, right?)

  5. 17


    Shrimp and Grits is one of my husbands favorites! We saw Paula Deen make it once and it looked so good, hubby went out and bought the stuff to make it the next morning! I can’t wait to try these!


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