Thursday, April 7, 2011

Farmhouse Grits...

Farmhouse Grits
Breakfast...its what's for dinner.  If you know me at all, you know that I LOVE breakfast/brunch at any time of day.  I am not sure where my love affair began with all things breakfast; maybe it was from my mother serving it for dinner...waffles covered in butter and syrup, sausage/egg/potatoes fried up to perfection, stuff topped with eggs because it completed the dish (enchiladas should ALWAYS have an over easy egg on me).  This was a somewhat normal occurrence in our home and one that I can't get enough of now; however, I have had friends gasp at the thought of dinner for breakfast...GET OVER IT, its deliciousness times 3.

So I sit here wondering right now, "what will I be making for dinner tonight"...Farmhouse Grits.  Its cheesy; its got bacon; its got butter; its GOOD.  We had something similar at a restaurant in Portland, Oregon (The Screen Door).  Their grits were so good that I had to recreate the dish when I got home from our trip and I have been making it pretty regularly ever since.

Farmhouse Grits 
For printable recipe, please click here 
2 tubes of Trader Joe's Polenta
6 strips of Bacon
2 - 4 Tbsp Salted Butter
1 - 2 C English Cheddar
2 - 4 Tbsp Heavy Cream**
~1 C Milk
Salt/Pepper (to taste)

Heat a cast iron skillet over medium heat.  Cut the bacon into pieces using kitchen shears.  Fry up the bacon.  Once it is crisp, set the bacon aside to drain in a paper towel.  Place the skillet back on the burner at medium low heat (keeping the bacon grease in it), add the butter.   After the butter is melted, crumble the polenta into the skillet.  Stir in the cream, the polenta should start to become creamy.  Start adding the milk gradually, the polenta should be very creamy looking at this point.  Stir in the cheese and the bacon.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Refrigerate leftovers. 

**If you do not have heavy cream, a couple of spoonfuls of sour cream will work instead.

Farmhouse Grits
Farmhouse Grits - "Lets eat!"
So tonight, I will have a breakfast dish for dinner...tomorrow, I will eat my dinner for breakfast (I love leftovers).

Enjoy the foods of your labor.  :-)

1 comment:

Two Pitties in the City said...

This looks fantastic! I knew I shouldn't read this while at school..

P.S. The pooches absolutely love the treats and the stuffies. We put a video up today of Mr. B thinking he's all sneaky as he tried to hoard all the stuffies. Even Miss M thought he was crazy.