Grits & Greens Casserole
From EatingWell: March/April 2010
Here we’ve combined two favorite Southern side dishes—grits and greens—into one casserole; it’s a natural choice to serve with Easter ham. Try omitting the bacon and using vegetable broth to make it a vegetarian dish.
- 4 slices bacon, chopped (optional)
- 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 small onion, diced
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth, divided
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 16 cups chopped collard greens or kale, stems removed (about 1 large bunch, 1 1/2-2 pounds)
- 2 cups water, plus more as needed
- 1 cup grits (not instant)
- 3/4 cup shredded extra-sharp Cheddar cheese, divided
- 1/4 cup prepared salsa
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat an 8-inch-square baking dish with cooking spray.
- Place bacon (if using) in a large Dutch oven. Cook over medium heat, stirring often, until crispy, 4 to 6 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Pour off the bacon fat.
- Return the pot to medium-low heat; add oil, onion and garlic and cook, stirring often, until fragrant and starting to brown in spots, 2 to 8 minutes (cooking time will be quicker if you started with bacon). Add 1 cup broth and salt; bring to a boil over high heat. Add collards (or kale); stir until wilted down to about one-third the volume and bright green, 1 to 2 minutes. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until tender, 18 to 20 minutes. Adjust heat during cooking to maintain a simmer, and add water, 1/4 cup at a time, if the pan seems dry.
- Meanwhile, bring 2 cups water and the remaining 1 cup broth to a boil in a large saucepan. Pour in grits in a steady stream, whisking constantly. Bring to a simmer, whisking constantly. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook, whisking often, until thick, about 5 minutes. Combine 1/2 cup cheese, salsa and egg in a small bowl. Remove the grits from the heat and quickly stir in the cheese mixture until combined.
- Working quickly, spread about half the grits in the prepared baking dish. Top with greens, spreading evenly. Spread the remaining grits over the greens. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup cheese and the reserved bacon (if using).
- Bake the casserole until hot and bubbling, about 20 minutes. Let stand for about 10 minutes before serving.
Tips & Notes
- Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 5, cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day. Bake at 400°F until bubbling, about 30 minutes.
Per serving: 226 calories; 8 g fat (3 g sat, 2 g mono); 50 mg cholesterol; 31 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 11 g protein; 4 g fiber; 473 mg sodium; 335 mg potassium.
Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (134% daily value), Folate (66% dv), Vitamin C (60% dv), Calcium (26% dv)
Carbohydrate Servings: 2
Exchanges: 1 1/2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1/2 high-fat meat, 1/2 fat
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- Total Time
- More than 1 hour
- Ease of Preparation
- March/April 2010