Cheese Grits

Here is my recipe for cheese grits which I served with my Crock Pot Blackened Chipotle Country Ribs. Cheese grits makes a great side dish for any type of meal. Would be great for brunch.

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What is a Grit?????

Native Americans offered the first settlers in the US bowls of Rockahominie, a dish consisting of ground up corn grain cooked into a creamy mixture. It is believed this corn mixture kept many of the settlers alive during those cold winters. Today, corn grits hold a prominent place in soul food and southern dishes. They are also used as a side or a pairing with dishes containing very heavily spiced ingredients. Grits may be eaten covered in gravy, cheese or butter and salt; or served with seafood, meats or vegetables. Grits also make a delightful breakfast when served as a hot cereal topped with milk and honey or brown sugar. Grits are a great way to help meet your body’s daily energy needs. The fiber content in grits helps you feel full for longer periods of time and promotes regular digestive functioning. Polenta is a dish that has been popular in Italian and other European cuisine, and is now gaining fans in America as well. It is made from course ground corn (grits), boiled in water to create a porridge. This can be topped and served immediately for a warm corn side dish. Alternatively, you can spread the porridge in a pan and refrigerate it until it sets. Then the polenta can be cut into squares and baked, grilled or fried. Similar to pasta, cooked polenta is delicious topped with marinara sauce, shredded cheese, or grilled or roasted vegetables. Many gourmet Italian and Mediterranean restaurants feature our polenta. Information from Bob’sRedMill.com

Click here if you want to know the difference between Cornmeal vs Polenta vs Grits:

Some cheese grits recipes call for processed cheese (Velveeta) but for this dish I prefer real cheddar. Just stir the cheese in slowly, to melt evenly.

Quick and Easy!
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Crock Pot Blackened Chipotle Country Ribs

No one ever said life should or would be easy. But sometimes it does seem harder than it should be. Like most of ours weekends, during the spring sports season, we are swamped. This past weekend we had five games (actually a light schedule), regular yard work, plus 3 yards of dirt, and two rose bushes.www.dadwhats4dinner.com

That should be enough for one weekend, but we decided to throw in a swarming attack of flying ants Saturday night, a twisted ankle and sunburn (while doing said yard work on Sunday), and the topper, a broken garage door Sunday night.20150504_111808

So this morning I had plenty of phone calls to make. I also needed to make a dish for teachers appreciation luncheon at school, plus we have away games every night this week,

To add a little more craziness, my mother (who lives with us) started six weeks of radiation treatment today, for breast cancer. Even though I sound like I’m complaining, I’m not. Life is good and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Well maybe without the swarm of ants and busted garage door.

I’m glad I had this easy crock pot dish ready to go. Oh well, I hope you enjoy this great pork recipe during your busy week. Try not to sprain your ankle in the process..

I served the country ribs on top of easy cheese grits. Click here for the recipewww.dadwhats4dinner.com

Enjoy!

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Pork Chops simmered in a White Wine Mushroom Gravy served with Cheesy Grits

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Like most of you, we have a very busy family life. I cook fresh meals 5-6 times a week instead of feeding my family fast food or pizza everyday. This is not to say that we don’t eat fast food or pizza on occasion. I try to make new variations of recipes most nights of the week. I use the crock pot once or twice a week and also make large quantities of dishes to freeze. I try to make the ordinary extraordinary. It is not usually fancy, just good comfort food that I try to keep as healthy as I can.

Tonight I made a version of pork chops in gravy.

This is a simple pork chop recipe with a few variations to make it my own.

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