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Sunday, August 16, 2009

Cheesy Grits Souffle

This is a wonderful breakfast or brunch souffle! Its easy to make and my family loves it!

Cheesy Grits Souffle

Ingredients:
Grits
Water
Butter
Green Onions
Garlic Cloves
Red Pepper
Salt
Fresh Ground Pepper
Sharp Cheddar Cheese
Bacon
Eggs



1 cup grits, ( I use Nora Mills Grits, www.noramill.com )
4 cups water

Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan. Stir in grits and turn heat down to low. Cover, stirring occasionally for 20 minutes. Remove from heat and set pan in a sink with a small amount of cool water in it, cool, stirring to prevent a skin from forming.

4 green onions
2 cloves garlic
4 Tablespoons butter

Chop onions and mince garlic. Melt butter in a saute pan and add onions and garlic, saute 3 to 4 minutes, just till softened. Set aside.

1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper

Measure red pepper, salt, and pepper into a small bowl and set aside.

1 1/2 cups sharp cheddar cheese

Grate cheese coarsely and set aside.

4 slices of bacon

Cut bacon into small pieces with scissors and fry in a small skillet. Drain and set aside.
Take Grits pan out of water and fold in the onion mixture and the spices, cheese and bacon. Set aside.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Prepare a heavy gratin dish by rubbing down with butter and set aside. (I use an oval white porcelain Apilco casserole dish that measures approximately 9X13).

4 eggs (you will only use the whites)

Separate egg whites from the yolks. Measure out 1/2 cup of whites. Put the egg whites into your electric mixer bowl and add a pinch of salt, using the wire whip beat till egg whites are stiff. Spoon 1/3 of whites into the grit mixture and stir, then gradually, gently fold in the remainder of the egg whites.
Transfer your mixture into your baking dish and bake at 350 for 30 to 40 min. You can tell when its ready by sticking a sharp thin knife into the edge and when it comes out clean its finished. Serve immediately.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

EASY PORK CHOPS

This is an easy way to fix pork chops with a delicious tangy flavor!

Easy Pork Chops

6 center cut pork chops, cut 3/4 inch thick
2 Tablespoons olive oil
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
1 Tablespoon dry mustard
4 teaspoon minced onion
2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup ketchup
1/3 cup water

In a large frying pan, brown meat in olive oil. Pour off drippings. Combine salt, brown sugar, mustard, onion, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup and water in a small bowl. Pour mixture over pork chops in frying pan. Cover tightly and simmer at least 45 minutes. Six servings

Monday, January 12, 2009

STRAW HATS

This is a great fun meal to have with company or just your own family! Adults and kids seem to love it!

1 lb. hamburger
1 15 oz. can tomato sauce
1 16 oz. can dark red kidney beans (do not drain juice off)
1 1.25 oz. package taco seasoning mix
1/2 tsp. salt & 1/2 tsp. pepper

Brown hamburger in a large skillet, add taco seasoning, salt and pepper. Stir in tomato sauce, kidney beans. Simmer on for 15 minutes.

1 head lettuce (chopped into bite size pieces)
1 medium onion (chopped)
2 large tomato's diced
1 lb. cheddar cheese (shredded)
1 can black olives pitted and sliced
sour cream
2 limes (sliced into 1/8 sections)
1 bag of Fritos corn chips
Texas Pete hot sauce
Sweet pickle relish
ketchup

Place each of these into a serving bowl and dish up the meat sauce into a serving dish. Start by passing the Fritos (we crush the chips on our plate before adding anything else) and then the meat sauce followed by the lettuce and on down the list. You just stack it up on your plate and then enjoy the greatest tasting meal ever! Be careful as this gets big, fast, on your plate!!! Sometimes I also chop avocado and also serve shredded coconut with this. Just let your imagination run wild!