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SMOTHERED CHEESE GRITS, STEAMED GREENS and CARAMELIZED ONIONS

A Stockton Briggle choice recipe

Serves 8

I am a Texas boy and freely admit it and Texans have their own kind of comfort food. Chief among them are grits. Particularly cheese grits that show up at countless social get-togethers in the Lone Star State. So I am always on the lookout, or trying to come up with, some new idea of my own to glorify this particular dish.

Here is a sensational take that is healthy and can serve as a side dish or a main dish for you vegetarians. It only takes about 30 minutes to complete and your guests will fight for second helpings and it is fancy enough for “company” dinners. Give it a try. You won’t be sorry.

3 Tbs. olive oil, divided
2 large sweet onions, such as Vidalia or Walla Walla, halved and thinly sliced
¾ cup quick cooking or old-fashioned white hominy grits. Not Instant!
1cup fresh or frozen corn kernels
¼ cup low fat milk
1 lb. curly kale, tough stems removed, torn into bite size pieces (14 cups)
1 Tbs. apple cider vinegar
2 oz. (1/2 cup) grated extra-sharp Cheddar cheese, plus more for sprinkling
Toasted sesame seeds

Heat 2 Tbs. oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onions, cover, and cook 20 to 25 minutes, or until onions are softened and caramelized, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper and keep warm.

Meanwhile, cook grits according to package directions. Stir in corn and milk, and return to a simmer, stirring constantly to incorporate milk. Keep warm

Steam kale in basket steamer or sauté in olive oil for 4 to 5 minutes (using 1 Tbs. oil) or until wilted but still bright green and crisp tender. Transfer to a bowl and stir in vinegar and remaining 1Tbs. oil if you have chosen to steam the kale. Season with salt and pepper.

TO SERVE: Stir cheese into grits, and transfer to a serving platter or casserole dish. Top with kale, and then onions. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and grated cheese (if using).

P.S. I usually use Half-and- Half instead of low fat milk and add 2 Tbs. butter. A little Lawry’s Seasoning Salt added to the grits can’t hurt either. Just a thought!

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