Grits You Won’t Believe!

Trying a new recipe at a dinner party is always a little risky, but one with grits?  Well, that’s really taking a chance!  This one, however, is a sure-fire winner and had everyone begging for more.  Fortunately, the recipe made a generous portion.

I served this dish as an appetizer, but it could easily be a side with a pork roast, beef tenderloin or chicken.  Heck, you could use it however you wish.  Give it a try and let me know how you like it.

Sautéed Smoked Gouda Cheese Grits with Black Bean Salsa

2 c. milk

3/4 c. water

3/4 c. quick cooking grits

3/4 c. choped smoked Gouda cheese

1/2 t. salt

2 T. butter

2 c. flour

2 T. salt

2 t. black pepper

1 c. beer


olive oil

Stir together milk and 3/4 c. water over medium-high heat; bring to a boil.  Stir in grits, cheese and 1/2 t. salt; cook, stirring constantly until thickened, about 9 minutes.  Stir in 2 T. butter.  Pour grits into lightly greased 11 x 7 inch baking dish. Cover and chill until firm, about 3 hours.

Combine flour, 2 T. salt and pepper in a shallow dish.  Pour beer into a small bowl.

Cut grits into 2” squares.  Dip squares into beer and dredge in flour mixture, repeating twice.

Melt 1 T. butter in a large skilled over medium heat; stir in 1 T. oil.

Cook grits squares in hot butter mixture 5 minutes on each side or until golden, adding butter as needed.

Spoon Black Bean Salsa over grits and top with sour cream.  Sprinkle with tomato, parsley or cilantro and green onions.

Black Bean Salsa

2 T. butter

1 medium onion, diced

2 minced garlic cloves

2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed

2/3 c. picante sauce

2 medium tomatoes, seeded and diced

2 t. chili powder

1 t. salt

1/2 t. black pepper

1/4 t. ground cumin

3 T. parsley or cilantro

3 T. chopped green onions

Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat; add onion and garlic; saute until tender. Stir in beans and next 6 ingredients; cook, stirring occasionally, until thoroughly heated. Stir in parsley/cilantro and green onions.

This recipe is linked to Foodie Friday.

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10 thoughts on “Grits You Won’t Believe!

  1. I’m having the very first GIVEAWAY on my blog. Please stop by to submit and entry. Good Luck.

  2. YUM!!! I can’t wait to try this one, thanks!

  3. That sounds really good. Grits are a versatile food. Delicious in many ways.
    Thanks for stopping by.

  4. Probably a really stupid question here, but do Grits have another name abroad please? I’m struggling to figure out that they are. (sorry). The Salsa sounds delicious!

    1. Good question! I bet you could use polenta, which is also ground corn, and get the same results. I don’t know whether there is a quick cooking version, so it might take a little longer to cook the polenta.

  5. I love Smoked Gouda Cheese! Sounds delicious in the grits. BTW, thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. Hope you’ll be back soon.

  6. Oh I simply love grits. Just about any kind of grits is my fav. so I wouldn’t mind making this for a dinner party. Great post

  7. We love grits and that sounds delicious. It seems really filling.

    1. It is filling which is why I think it would be perfect as a side. We kept appetizer portions small, but everyone kept wanting more.

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