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Grits ‘n’ Shrimp Tarts

This deliciously different appetizer showcases two Mississippi staples--grits and shrimp. I know your family will enjoy them as much as mine!
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    2-1/2 dozen


  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup quick-cooking grits
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1 pound uncooked small shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • 2 packages (1.9 ounces each) frozen miniature phyllo tart shells


  • In a small saucepan, bring water to a boil. Gradually stir in grits. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 4 minutes. Stir in the cheeses, 1 tablespoon butter, garlic salt, salt and pepper.
  • In a large skillet, saute shrimp and onions in remaining butter until shrimp turn pink. Fill tart shells with grits; top with shrimp mixture. Refrigerate leftovers.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 47 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 29mg cholesterol, 79mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.

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  • randcbruns
    Aug 25, 2015

    I love shrimp and grits but being in Colorado where grits aren't served very often, this is a great way to introduce my family and friends to these wonderful flavors.

  • kferg
    Nov 27, 2009

    I have made this before for a Christmas party. It was the hit of the night. Everyone wanted more!! For something different chop fried bacon and sprinkle on top.