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Truffled Grits with Ham


Truffled Grits

Inspired by Escaoutoun, a traditional Gascon dish made with cornmeal and cream, this comforting recipe is an Easter favorite.

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  • 7 Ounces of cornmeal, coarse ground
  • 2 6.5-ounce containers of duck demi-glace
  • 4 Cups of water
  • ½ pint heavy cream
  • 4 Tablespoons black truffle butter
  • 6 Ounces applewood-smoked petite heritage ham, finely diced
  • 2 Ounces of summer truffle peelings
  • Salt and freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
  • 4 Tablespoons chopped parsley


In a large pot over medium-high heat, bring demi-glace and water to a boil. While whisking, pour cornmeal into the liquid in a steady stream. Reduce to light simmer, stirring occasionally, for 25 minutes. Add ½ pint heavy cream, season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat.

In a small skillet over medium-high heat, melt truffle butter, then add diced ham. Sauté lightly until browned and crispy, then add to the cornmeal mix, stir in the truffle pieces and parsley. Taste, then season with salt and pepper.