Eat and Listen: Brantley Gilbert

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If you love country music, but you also love rock, then you’ve heard of Brantley Gilbert. His unique sound and deep Southern vibe set him apart from the crowd. Oh, and also, there’s his signature hat. Yeah, you know the one I’m talking about.

So with all this in mind, I came up with a menu that is absolutely perfect for a lazy weekend filled with good food, yummy drinks, and amazing music. Toss back a grapefruit tequila fizzer as you bake some delicious homemade biscuits and cook up some cheesy shrimp and grits. Trust me, you won’t be sorry!

Bottom’s Up Grapefruit Tequila Fizzer

Ingredients:

2 ounces lemon-lime soda

4 ounces grapefruit juice

2 ounces tequila

Directions:

Add ingredients to shaker with ice. Give it a few good shakes to get mixture fizzy, strain over ice into glass, and drink up!

My Kinda Party Flaky Biscuits

Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour

3 teaspoons baking powder

2 teaspoons sugar

½ teaspoon salt

1 stick butter, room temperature

¾ cup milk

Directions:

In medium bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Add in stick of butter, and cut it up in the dry ingredients using two butter knives. Do this until there are no pieces of butter that are bigger than a small blueberry. Pour in milk and use fork to stir until all dry ingredients are absorbed.

Place dough on a floured surface and knead it several times by folding in half, pressing down, and repeating. Use your hands to flatten dough out to about ½” thick. Cut biscuits out using a biscuit cutter or drinking glass, and place on metal baking sheet. You might need to knead the dough scraps a few times to get even more biscuits cut out.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place pan in refrigerator for 15 minutes then put in oven. Bake for about 13-15 minutes or until golden brown. Immediately remove biscuits from pan and enjoy warm!

Cheesy Shrimp and G.R.I.T.S.

Ingredients:

4 slices bacon

2 cups water

2 tablespoons butter

2 chicken bouillon cubes

½ cup quick grits

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined, with tails removed

Cajun seasoning, to taste

2 teaspoons lemon juice

¼ cup scallions, sliced

1 clove garlic, minced

Directions:

Place bacon on cooling rack and put rack on baking sheet, or something that will catch falling grease. Place in cold oven, and then turn oven to 400 degrees. Cook for about 15 minutes on each side, or until fully cooked. Cut bacon into small pieces and reserve bacon grease from pan for later use.

In medium pan, bring water, butter, bouillon, and grits to a boil. Then reduce heat and simmer for about 8 minutes, or until thickened. Remove pan from heat and stir in cheese until combined.

Over medium-high heat, add 2 tablespoons of reserved bacon grease to skillet. Toss shrimp in cajun seasoning and add to skillet. Cook until pink, or about 1-2 minutes per side. Next, add bacon, scallions, garlic, and lemon juice. Continue to cook for another 1-2 minutes until the garlic is fragrant and shrimp are done. Top grits with shrimp and serve.

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