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In this post I pair SeaPak® frozen shrimp products with a recipe for Cheesy Grits Fritters and a quick Cajun Marinara Sauce to make a classic New Orleans inspired dinner fit for any foodie. Everything is better with shrimp!
It’s no secret that Aldo and I love to travel, and we are trying to go on as many adventures as possible before having kids. We try to do a variety of trips – from local road trips to Europe and Asia; from the mountains to coastal destinations. And one of the best parts about travel is eating the local cuisine.
One of the best food destinations we’ve ever been to is New Orleans. Our good friend from work went to college there, so he hooked us up with the best restaurants and gave us tips for eating like a local. While we were in New Orleans, we would ask ourselves ”So what do you want to eat next?” instead of the usual ”what do you want to do next?”
There is just so much good food in New Orleans, particularly the seafood. And even though we went out to a few really nice restaurants, one of the best meals we had in NOLA was a good ol’ southern fish fry, with a variety of fried fish and shrimp served with several dipping sauces. It was the kind of meal where you get a little messy and love every minute of it.
I still salivate a little when I think about that dinner, so I decided to recreate that experience at home. I created a recipe for Cheesy Grits Fritters and picked up two Party Size packages of SeaPak shrimp at Walmart – Butterfly Shrimp and Popcorn Shrimp. I wouldn’t have normally thought to go to Walmart for seafood, but grabbing the SeaPak products from the frozen aisle is the perfect way to create a seafood spread that any foodie will love, all in less than 15 minutes.
Soon enough we had ourselves an amazing version of shrimp and grits, complete with juicy tender Butterfly Shrimp, bite-sized crispy Popcorn Shrimp, and cheesy, delicious grits fritters. All of this was served with a just-spicy-enough Cajun marinara sauce. This dinner totally brought us back to our trip to New Orleans, and reminded us of all the amazing food, jazz, and art that NOLA has to offer.
These Cheesy Grits Fritters were super easy to make. I cooked the SeaPak Butterfly Shrimp and Popcorn Shrimp in the oven while frying the fritters. The perfectly crispy shrimp were ready at the same time as the freshly fried grits fritters.
How would you #ShrimpItUp?