Garlic Shrimp and Sausage with Cheddar Oats

I’m a huge fan of shrimp and grits, and with a New Orleans trip right around the corner, I can’t wait to try all the comfort food down there. At a recent trip to Costco, I discovered these quick-cooking steel cut oats and I was intrigued. Normally steel cut oats take so long to cook so I would just buy quick oats. Now I have been eating these for breakfast everyday because I love the texture (and the health benefits are great too)! Using them in a savory dish may seem different, but just trust me – this dish just works. It almost tastes exactly like risotto, but it’s ready in fraction of the time!

1. Bring oats, milk and salt to a boil in a large saucepan. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 7 minutes, stirring often. Stir in cheddar cheese, butter and green onion. Cover and set aside.

2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausage and cook until browned; transfer to a bowl. In the same skillet, add the shrimp and cook until pink. Add sausage back to the pan and finish with lemon juice and spices.

3. Scoop oats into serving bowls and top with shrimp and sausage. Drizzle with chili oil (if using).



Garlic Shrimp and Sausage with Cheddar Oats
Serves 4

All you need:
1 cup Bob’s Red Mill quick cooking steel-cut oats
2 1/2 cups whole milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 green onions, sliced

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 polish sausages, sliced
1 pound peeled, deveined shrimp
Juice of 1 lemon
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Chili oil, for finishing (optional)

All you do:
1. Bring oats, milk and salt to a boil in a large saucepan. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 7 minutes, stirring often. Stir in cheddar cheese, butter and green onion. Cover and set aside.
2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausage and cook until browned; transfer to a bowl. In the same skillet, add the shrimp and cook until pink. Add sausage back to the pan and finish with lemon juice and spices.
3. Scoop oats into serving bowls and top with shrimp and sausage. Drizzle with chili oil (if using).

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