Heart of Dixie says … Grits and Greens . . . yum!

Hissy Fit  (by Mary Kay Andrews) Grits and Greens Casserole

6 cups chicken broth

2 cups half & half

2 cups stone ground grits (or regular grits – not instant)

1 (16 oz) package bag fresh or frozen collard greens

2 ½ cups grated smoked Gouda cheese

2 sticks butter

1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce

½ teaspoon black pepper

1 cups crisp cooked bacon, crumbled

Parmesan cheese or more Gouda for top of casserole

Wash grits in 2 changes of water, pouring off chaff that rises to the top

In a large pot, bring water and broth to a boil, add grits and cook stirring constantly over low heat until done, 30- 45 minutes if using stone ground grits. Add more liquid if needed, but grits should be rather thick.

In another large pot, cook collards in salted water until tender, about 10 minutes, drain them and squeeze dry, separating leaves as much as possible. Stir butter and cheese into cooked grits, add Tabasco and collards and stir well. Taste and add pepper & salt if desired.

Pour grits into large shallow greased baking dish, sprinkle with crumbled bacon and cheese, and place in 325 degree oven for 10 – 15 minutes until cheese melts. Serve warm.

About justbetweencousins

We are first cousins who live farther apart from each other than we would like. We thought this blog would give us a chance to visit with each other as well as maybe share a few insights about life. We are both middle aged and until recently both of us had kids the same age (nearly grown). But then the Peach State cuz adopted a son, so she has four now. Heart of Dixie cuz has two daughters. We have a couple of things which are prominently in common (although I'm sure there are actually more): We vacation at our Mema's beach house in Panama City Beach, Florida - until recently, we did so with all of our kids. We both sing - although Heart of Dixie cuz is not currently singing anywhere right now. We both write. We are both Christians, although Peach State cuz is Baptist, and Heart of Dixie is currently floating about between the Anglican church, the Methodist church, and the Episcopalian church. Long story.

Posted on January 2, 2012, in About me, cooking, Diet, Just Between Cousins, my life, Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Sounds yummy! Thanks for posting the recipe!

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