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We're in North Carolina at my family's beach house and I'm already inspired by the friendly, yet steamy south. Yesterday I bought home-grown yellow tomatoes for $1.00 per pound and a watermelon so heavy the farmer had to carry it to our car for just $5.00. Sweet corn and candy-like peaches for pennies each. Brunch was a cheese and egg biscuit for me; fried eggs, grits and white toast for Michael - all washed down with eye-popping sweet, sweet tea. That all inspired me to try a personal spin on homemade grits. Of course lots of cheese and butter (so these aren't healthy!), but I added two grilled jalapenos, chilled the whole mix in a pie pan (vacation rentals don't exactly have a plethora of pans), sliced, fried and served warm. It is probably too loose to grill, but I did have that thought.
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Spicy Cheese Grits

June 27, 2010

30 min or less active, fall, gluten-free, side, spring, summer, winter

We're in North Carolina at my family's beach house and I'm already inspired by the friendly, yet steamy south. Yesterday I bought home-grown yellow tomatoes for $1.00 per pound and a watermelon so heavy the farmer had to carry it to our car for just $5.00. Sweet corn and candy-like peaches for pennies each. Brunch was a cheese and egg biscuit for me; fried eggs, grits and white toast for Michael - all washed down with eye-popping sweet, sweet tea. That all inspired me to try a personal spin on homemade grits. Of course lots of cheese and butter (so these aren't healthy!), but I added two grilled jalapenos, chilled the whole mix in a pie pan (vacation rentals don't exactly have a plethora of pans), sliced, fried and served warm. It is probably too loose to grill, but I did have that thought.

Information

Servings: 8
Time: ~20 minutes active;  2 hours total
Price: ~$5.25 total; $0.65 per serving
Nutrition (per serving):
Calories: 225.9
Protein: 7g
Fat: 6.6g
Saturated fat: 6.6g
Carbohydrates: 19.7g
Fiber: 0.5g
Sodium: 472.8mg
Cholesterol: 23.7mg
High In:
Good Source:
Low In:

Ingredients

  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup grits (coarse-ground cornmeal)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 Tbsp butter (I used Earth Balance)
  • 4 oz sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 2 jalapenos, grilled, then chopped finely (warning: this will be hot!; cut back to one pepper for spice without fire)

Preparation

  1. Bring milk, water and salt to a boil in a pot over medium heat. Add grits and minced garlic and stir to incorporate. Cook 15 minutes on low heat, stirring occasionally.
  2. Remove from heat and add butter, cheese and peppers. Mix well.
  3. You could serve here for soft grits. To make cakes, spray a cake or pie pan with cooking spray. Pour the grits mixture in and chill about 90 minutes.
  4. Heat a skillet over medium heat and spray with cooking spray. Cut grits into wedges or bars and fry until browned, about 3-4 minutes per side. Serve warm, plain or with fried/scrambled eggs for brunch.

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