Cajun Pulled Pork and Grits

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 25 min
  • Active: 25 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 red bell pepper, chopped

1 onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic, chopped

1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning

2 cups pulled pork

2 tablespoons tomato paste

1 cup low-sodium chicken broth

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

Hot sauce, to taste

3/4 cup quick-cooking grits

2 scallions, chopped

1/4 cup fresh parsley, roughly chopped

Directions

  1. Heat 2 tablespoons butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the bell pepper and onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are softened and lightly browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Add the garlic, Cajun seasoning and pork and continue to cook, stirring, until the garlic is softened and the pork is warmed through, about 2 minutes.
  2. Push the pork mixture to one side of the skillet and add the tomato paste to the other side. Cook, stirring, until dark red, about 1 minute. Add the chicken broth and Worcestershire sauce and simmer, stirring everything together, until the sauce is slightly thickened, 2 to 3 minutes. Season with salt, pepper and hot sauce. 
  3. Meanwhile, bring 3 cups water to a simmer in a medium saucepan over high heat. Slowly whisk in the grits, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Reduce the heat to medium low and cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the remaining 2 tablespoons butter and the scallions. 
  4. Divide the grits among shallow bowls and top with the pork mixture and sauce. Sprinkle with parsley and serve with more hot sauce.