Shrimp and grits are comfort food perfection! Enjoy them together in this easy to make and make-ahead casserole!
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Butter an 8 x 8 baking dish. Set aside.
Heat butter over medium-high heat. Add the scallion, red bell pepper and jalapeño pepper. Reduce heat to medium, cook 4-5 minutes or until beginning to soften.
Stir in garlic, diced tomatoes with chiles and chicken broth. Bring to a boil. Slowly stir in grits. Stir continuously until mixture returns to a boil.
Reduce heat to low. Simmer, stirring occasionally, for 5-7 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat and cool slightly. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.
Stir in shrimp, bacon, egg and 1 cup cheese. Transfer to prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
Bake for 30-35 minutes or until heated through and bubbling. Let stand 5-10 minutes before serving.
MAKE AHEAD: Can be assembled 24 hours in advance. Baking time may be longer if casserole is super cold from the refrigerator.
FREEZER-FRIENDLY: Cool, wrap securely and freeze. Thaw at least 24 hours in the refrigerator. Increase baking time if casserole is super cold.