The past couple of weeks have been quite a blur. We lost my beautiful grandma on Feb 20th. She was the heart of our family and I have a hard time imagining my world with out her smiling face. As far back as I can remember are memories of grandma and I in her kitchen. Me sitting on the stool watching her at the stove. As I grew older, me standing beside her learning some of her signature dishes. Cooking has always been a huge part of me, and she is one of the reasons why.
I meant to post this recipe right after Valentine's Day, but it seems so fitting to share it now. Grandma, a true Southern Belle, introduced me to Grits when I was was just a little girl. We called it "Georgia Ice Cream". It was often a part of our breakfast routine. While these grits are a little different from our regular breakfast ones, thay are outstanding. Don't be afraid of the Jalepeno, they aren't really spicy at all. But oh so flavorful. Enjoy!
Jalapeño-Jack GritsAdapted from Epicurious
1/2 Tbls Butter
1/2 Tbls Olive Oil
1 small yellow onion, chopped (or 1/2 large onion)
1 red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch strips (about 1 1/2 cups)
1 yellow bell pepper, cut into 1-inch strips (about 1 1/2 cups)
1 tablespoon minced seeded jalapeño chili
1 garlic clove, minced
3 cups chicken stock or canned low-salt chicken broth
1 cup whipping cream
1 cup quick-cooking grits
1 1/2 cups grated hot pepper Monterey Jack cheese (about 6 ounces)
Heat butter & olive oil in heavy medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, peppers, jalapeño, and garlic; sauté until peppers are tender, about 5 minutes.
Bring stock and cream to boil in heavy large saucepan. Add grits in thin stream, whisking constantly. Whisk until grits are cooked and mixture thickens, about 6 minutes. Add sautéed pepper mixture and cheese; stir until cheese melts. Season with salt and pepper.
Note: Always use care when handling jalepenos (and other hot peppers). The white membrane that the seeds are attached to packs the heat. I usually cut this part out when I remove the seeds. I always protect my hands when doing this. A finger in the eye after touching one of these bad boys is NO fun!