Now to start adding the cheese. I started with about a third of it, stirred it up. Then the second third. I weighed out dumping out into a larger pot or just seeing if it will all fit and avoid dirty-ing up another dish. Then when I put the final third in, well, you can see what happened.
So, I dumped it into another pot. Not without getting grits all over the freakin place.
Yep, you guessed it. My original, pre-buttered casserole dish didn't even come close to holding all of it. It almost didn't fit in 2 dishes. Into the oven it goes.
These turned out pretty good, albeit swimming in oil around the edges when I took it out of the oven from all the cheese and butter. It has some spicy spices in it, but I could have handled way more. I made up for it with the shrimp....I sauteed them up with some butter, cayenne, old bay, and salt and pepper. They were really good and spicy.
I also kept in mind the whole time this dish got bigger and bigger, that I'm the only one in the house who's going to be eating them. The husband likes neither grits nor shrimp, and I haven't had the boys try any yet. It's something new, and some days, you just aren't up for the dinner time fight, you know? So I divided it up into ziplocs and put most of it in the freezer. We'll see how it keeps. The total amount of grits I think came out to around 12 CUPS. TWELVE.