Recipe courtesy of John Barbour-Mills and Greta Barbour-Mills

Sauteed Smoked Gouda Cheese Grits with Black Bean Salsa

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 3 hr 35 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Inactive: 3 hr
  • Cook: 15 min
  • Yield: about 6 servings
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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

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


  1. 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.
  2. Combine flour, 2 tablespoons salt, and pepper in a shallow dish. Pour beer into a small bowl.
  3. Cut grits into 2-inch squares. Dip grits squares into beer; dredge in flour mixture, repeating procedure twice.
  4. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large skillet over medium heat; stir in 1 tablespoon oil.
  5. Cook grits squares, in batches, in hot butter mixture 5 minutes on each side or until golden, adding butter and oil as needed.
  6. Arrange 3 grits squares in center of 6 individual serving plates.
  7. Spoon Black Bean Salsa evenly over grits squares. Top evenly with sour cream. Sprinkle evenly with tomato, parsley, green onions, and chives.

Black Bean Salsa:

Yield: about 4 1/2 cups
  1. 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.
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