Sauteed Smoked Gouda Cheese Grits with Black Bean Salsa

Total Time:
3 hr 35 min
Prep:
20 min
Inactive:
3 hr
Cook:
15 min

Yield:
about 6 servings
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup quick-cooking grits, uncooked
  • 3/4 cup chopped smoked Gouda cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus 2 tablespoons salt
  • 3 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1 cup beer
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Black Bean Salsa, recipe follows
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 medium tomato, seeded and diced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onions
  • 12 fresh chives, cut into 1-inch pieces
Directions

Stir together milk and 3/4 cup water in a 1 1/2-quart saucepan over medium-high heat; bring to a boil. Stir in grits, cheese, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring constantly, 9 minutes or until thickened. Stir in 2 tablespoons butter. Pour grits into a lightly greased 11 by 7-inch baking dish. Cover and chill 3 hours or until firm.

Combine flour, 2 tablespoons salt, and pepper in a shallow dish. Pour beer into a small bowl.

Cut grits into 2-inch squares. Dip grits squares into beer; dredge in flour mixture, repeating procedure twice.

Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large skillet over medium heat; stir in 1 tablespoon oil.

Cook grits squares, in batches, in hot butter mixture 5 minutes on each side or until golden, adding butter and oil as needed.

Arrange 3 grits squares in center of 6 individual serving plates.

Spoon Black Bean Salsa evenly over grits squares. Top evenly with sour cream. Sprinkle evenly with tomato, parsley, green onions, and chives.

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Black Bean Salsa:

2 tablespoons butter

1 medium onion, diced

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 (15-ounce) cans black beans, drained

2/3 cup picante sauce

2 medium tomatoes, seeded and diced

2 teaspoons chili powder

1 teaspoon iodized salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

3 tablespoons chopped green onions

Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat; add onion and garlic, and saute until tender. Stir in beans and next 6 ingredients; cook, stirring occasionally, 3 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Stir in parsley and green onions.

Yield: about 4 1/2 cups

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Inactive Prep Time:


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