Rice Cooker Cajun Shrimp and Grits AND a Hamilton Beach Giveaway!

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I know what you’re thinking.  Shrimp and Grits in a rice cooker?  I thought exactly the same thing.  But, when my friends at Hamilton Beach offered me their spectacular, multi-functioning 4-20 Cup Rice and Hot Cereal Cooker to try, and then suggested this recipe for Rice Cooker Cajun Shrimp and Grits, I thought, why not!  After all, this rice cooker isn’t your average rice cooker.  Sure, it cooks rice. Every size and variety. But it also cooks oatmeal, quinoa, cream of wheat, Farro, and other whole grains and dried beans. It has a simmer function for pastas and soups! And it has a steamer basket that loads in the top, so you can cook veggies, meats and fish right along with your rice and grains. It’s a one stop meal maker!

Parmesan Polenta with Spicy Sausage Sauce

We’ve lived in the South for the entirety of our marriage (15 years), and we’re still not “grits people”.  We’ll eat shrimp and grits, but only if the grits are so thick, creamy and cheesy that we’d be out of our minds not to.  Grits for breakfast just isn’t our thing.

I do like polenta, however.  Polenta, I guess, could be considered an Italian version of grits.  It’s heartier though, in my Yankee opinion, and usually used in more savory dishes, as a pasta alternative for rich sauces or it can be cooled, sliced up and pan-fried, grilled or baked.