Finding it can be a challenge depending on where you live. You’ll find lots of good choices in the south but diddley in some other regions. Get the best you can in a good local store or anticipate and order stone-ground grits through Amazon.com or direct from one of the sources mentioned in my article. Stone-ground grits will be best, but I recently tested Quaker “Quick Grits,” (not instant) and it was acceptable after I “fixed ‘em up.” There are so many choices. Select yours and follow the directions on the package.
But, here’s what I would do differently. Cook them in low-sodium chicken broth and add no extra salt. The salt in the packaged low-sodium broth will flavor them nicely. Cook the grits slowly. I find almost all directions result in the liquid cooking off before the grits is ready. If it seems as though your grits has cooked too fast, just add more liquid and keep stirring. Al dente is not good with grits unless you like sand in your food. You want it soft and about the same consistency as slightly loose mashed potatoes. When it is about ready, be creative. Add butter and cheese to your taste.
For a large serving or two I use two to three tablespoons of butter and about three ounces of Velveeta. (Yeah, I know, but I believe if you don’t add enough fat to carbohydrates you gain weight on only one side of your body.) I use a lot of fresh ground black pepper and a few dashes of Tabasco. I know the proportions are right when a smile forces itself onto my face. You can use Velveeta or the cheese of your choice. My pre-vegan wife preferred Cabot’s Monterey Jack with Habanero peppers because she’s a hot babe. Here’s a basic recipe:
You can find the difference between a gumbo and etouffee in its sauce. Etouffee has a much lighter roux compared to the darker sauce in a gumbo. Primarily, etouffee consists of only shellfish.This recipe is courtesy of Chef Jr. Antonino from Sylvain in New Orleans.
What’s a Southern breakfast without cheesy grits? Grits, eggs, bacon, cheese, and peppadew peppers are piled onto this Southern-style breakfast sandwich. No need for hot sauce — the heat from the peppers adds plenty of spice for a morning treat.
This is a sensational dinner in which the sauce for the pork chop cozies up to the grits and adds a new dimension. It’s not hard to make unless you drink too much of the Calvados while cooking.
Quality matters enormously with pork and I find myself enjoying the swiney flavor of small-farm-raised heirloom pork, pricey though it is. I like my pork chops about an inch thick, but this means you will have to sear them in a pan and finish them in the oven to have them cook to medium or more.
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This is a soul-satisfying breakfast best made on a leisurely morning while listening to good, loud music. It won’t take long unless you use stone-ground grits and if you soak the stone-ground grits overnight even those will cook fairly quickly.
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Elizabeth Karmel is the executive chef of New York City and Washington, DC’s Hill Country Barbecue Market, Hill Country Chicken and the soon-to-be opened Hill Country Barbecue Market Brooklyn 9. A master of the grill, Karmel also knows how to expertly craft soulful dishes using humble Thanksgiving leftovers. She recommends using leftover ingredients to create a delicious breakfast for guests the next morning. For this recipe and more, check out our roundup of 10 dishes Southerners always have on their Thanksgiving table.
Stone-ground grits are ground in a stone mill and are much larger than quick- cooking grits. They also have an abundance of flavor compared to the faster-cooking versions. Most Southerners will put them on the stove and cook them for hours, sometimes even all day, while popping in and out of the kitchen to stir. Cooking them in the slow cooker requires no stirring at all. Let them cook all night and wake up to rich, creamy grits.
I began making frittatas regularly when our family transitioned from the pancakes-or-waffles-every -weekend phase into more "grown- up" breakfasts. As in much of my cooking, I believe I first learned to make a frittata from Julia Child, in one of her books or her television shows.
You can whip up a frittata for any meal: for a weekend breakfast, or with a green salad for lunch, or supper. The frizzled leeks are inspired by a dish served at Union Square Café in its early years. It was the first time I saw the word "frizzled." "Fun word," I thought, and asked Danny Meyer where it came from. "My grandmother. Louise Meyer used to serve mashed potatoes with fried onions on top," he said. "When we opened Union Square Café in 1985, we substituted rutabaga for the potatoes, and leeks for the onions. That became our 'Mashed Turnips with Frizzled Leeks.'
To avoid using the word 'fried,' I landed upon 'frizzled.' After that, frizzled leeks found their way onto everything from mashed potatoes to scallops, an omelette, red snapper, and just about everything except for ice cream."
If you don’t have leeks, then thinly sliced onions, pan-roasted asparagus tips, and crisped bacon all work fine. Concerning culinary substitution, I think of the Russian proverb that my grandpa Jan would trot out about many things in life: "If no fish, then lobster will do." Apparently, lobster prices under the czar were less steep than they are in present-day America, but I took his point.
As I noted earlier, Parmesan cheese has a lot of umami, which contributes to the high FPC of this recipe, especially when I top the finished frittata with some cherry tomatoes charred at high heat and pepped up with crushed red- pepper flakes.
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In just fifteen minutes, you can take a boring grilled chicken sandwich and transform it into a flavorful, vegetable-filled lunch. Take full advantage of this season's radishes and get your protein in at the same time. This recipe was contributed by Nature's Own.