Creamy Grits with Roasted Butternut Squash and Blue Cheese

Creamy Grits with Roasted Butternut Squash and Blue Cheese
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Creamy Grits with Roasted Butternut Squash and Blue Cheese

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Creamy Grits with Roasted Butternut Squash and Blue Cheese

Oven-caramelized squash and tangy blue cheese make this creamy side hearty enough to double as a vegetarian entrée. It makes an excellent weeknight supper crumbled with crispy bacon or prosciutto and served with a simple green salad and a glass of crisp, sweet sauternes, or creamy chardonnay.

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Ingredients

  • small butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and chopped or sliced
  • 3  Tablespoons  olive oil
  • 2  Teaspoons  sea salt, plus more to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 3  Cups  water
  • 1  Cup  stone-ground yellow grits
  • 1  Cup  milk
  • 1  Cup  freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3  Tablespoons  unsalted butter
  • 1  Tablespoon  rosemary, plus more for garnish
  • 1/2  Cup  crumbled Gorgonzola or other blue cheese

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Toss the squash with the olive oil to coat evenly and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Spread in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet and bake until golden brown around the edges, 30-35 minutes, stirring halfway through.

While the squash is baking, bring the water to a boil in a large saucepan. Add the 2 teaspoons salt and slowly add the grits in a steady stream, whisking constantly. Reduce the heat to low and cook and stir until the grits begin to thicken, for 15-20 minutes. Add the milk and continue to cook and stir until the grains are tender and the mixture is thick, for 5 more minutes.

Remove from the heat and add the Parmesan cheese, butter, and rosemary, stirring to melt. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Place the grits on a platter or divide evenly between individual serving plates and scatter the roasted squash on top. Top with the Gorgonzola, garnish with rosemary, and serve warm.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
18g
26%
Sugar
3g
3%
Saturated Fat
6g
25%
Cholesterol
27mg
9%
Carbohydrate, by difference
38g
29%
Protein
15g
33%
Vitamin A, RAE
205µg
29%
Vitamin B-12
1µg
42%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
7µg
8%
Calcium, Ca
379mg
38%
Choline, total
19mg
4%
Fiber, total dietary
2g
8%
Folate, total
40µg
10%
Iron, Fe
5mg
28%
Magnesium, Mg
54mg
17%
Niacin
3mg
21%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
398mg
57%
Selenium, Se
20µg
36%
Sodium, Na
667mg
44%
Water
102g
4%
Zinc, Zn
2mg
25%

Grits Shopping Tip

Southern food is a mixture of Native American, Creole, and European influences. Staples of this comfort food include corn (in all its forms), honey, chicken, pork, and seafood, all easily found at any neighborhood grocery store.

Grits Cooking Tip

Southern and comfort food is often rich and heavy, be sure to include lots of greens and vegetables with these dishes.