Sunday, January 17, 2016

Grits and Eggs with a Creamy Twist


Grits, eggs with bacon or sausage was a Sunday morning favorite when I was growing up.  Grits known for its mark on Southern Cuisine is not just for breakfast anymore, it is now served for lunch and dinner with shrimp, or lobster.   So the next time you want to impress your Sunday Brunch guest, try my recipe for Grits and Eggs.  Just the right portion full of creamy cream cheese and topped with egg, crispy bacon and a little onion flavor from chopped chives. Enjoy


Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup Quick - 5 minute Grits
  • 2 tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • 4 ounces Cream Cheese 1/3 Less Fat
  • 1/4 cup Fat Free Milk
  • 2 Slices Bacon
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp of Chopped Chives
  • 1/4 cup Cheddar Cheese, grated


Steps

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare 4 ramekins with butter flavored or regular cooking spray. 
  1. Cook Grits according to package directions for about 5 minutes until nice and creamy.  Then add butter, cream cheese, and milk stir until blended well. Let simmer for about 1- 2 minutes, remove from heat.
  1. Microwave on high, bacon for 2 - 3 minutes or until crispy and golden brown.  Remove and let drain on paper towel than chop into small pieces, and then set aside.
  1. Place grits in prepared ramekins, filling each ramekin about half. Then crack one egg over each ramekin filled with grits.  Be careful not to break the yolks, season with salt and pepper to taste.  Top with chives, cover with aluminum foil, place ramekins on baking sheet, place in oven and let bake for about 15 minutes or until egg whites are set and yolk is firm.
  1. Remove from oven and top each dish with Triple Cheddar cheese and chop bacon. Serve with toast, or toasted English Muffins. 

Sunday, October 4, 2015

October Festival of Flavors

This is my most favorite time of the year.  October when the weather begins to change and a great harvest of fall flavors come alive.  Here are some of my soups, chilies  and chowders I have put together.












Saturday, July 25, 2015

Wordless Saturday - You eat with your eyes first

Home made Potato Gnocchi with fresh Lamb Mint Sausage

Pesto Bacon Wrap Shrimp with Pineapple Salsa

Lamb Shanks with Carrots and Potatoes

Roasted Leg of Lamb with roasted veggies

Green Godless Salsa

Monday, May 25, 2015

Kale & White Bean Soup


Fresh Kale lends a taste of summer’s bounty to this lightened soup.  Aromatic vegetables such as turnips, garlic, onions and bell peppers together with cannellini beans and lean chicken sausage meat balls; add great flavor and plenty of vitamins while keeping the fat in check. What a wonderful way to eat your vegetables!

Servings: 4
Prep Time: 15
Cook Time: 15




Ingredients
  • 6 links Chicken Sausage (casing remove and make meat balls)
  • ½ each Bell Peppers – Red, Yellow, Orange (diced)
  • 4 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 1 large Turnip, diced
  • 1 32 oz. Chicken Broth – low sodium and fat free
  • 1 14.5 oz. can Cannellini Beans (rinsed and drain)
  • 1 bunch of Kale ( about 1 pound – stems removed and chopped)
  • 1 medium Onion – diced
  • Olive oil for sautéing
  • Salt and pepper
  • chopped scallions for garnish
  • shredded parmesan cheese for garnish (optional)

Steps
Make the sausage meat balls – take one sausage link and twist to squeeze the sausage meat out of the casing and mold 1” meat balls with your hands.  Each link should yield about 5 – 6 meat balls.  Place on a plate until ready to cook.

In a medium skillet over medium heat, add one teaspoon of olive oil and add meat balls.  Sear on all sides (this should take about 3 minutes.)  Then remove and set aside.


In large soup pot, over medium heat add a little olive oil then add onions and garlic.  Sauté until onions and garlic are tender.

Add chicken broth and 1 cup of water to sauté onions and garlic.  Then bell peppers, diced turnips, cannellini beans, and kale.  Season with salt and pepper to taste, reduce heat and let simmer for about 5 - 8 minutes.

Add sausage meat balls and let simmer another 2 – 3 minutes.  Serve soup – garnish with fresh chopped scallions and shredded cheese if desired.