Braised Kale over Baked Cheese Grits

Oxmoor House
Southern cooking meets haute cuisine in this dish, which has a surprising harmony of flavors and textures.
4 servings (serving size: 3/4 cup grits, 1/2 cup greens, and 1 1/2 teaspoons goat cheese)


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2 cups organic vegetable broth (such as Swanson Certified Organic)
2 cups water
1 cup uncooked stone-ground yellow grits
1 teaspoon black pepper, divided
1 cup 1% low-fat milk
2 large eggs, beaten
1/4 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
1 garlic clove, halved
2 quarts water
1 (1-pound) bag prewashed kale (such as Glory), coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup sliced onion (1 small)
3 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
6 teaspoons crumbled goat cheese


Prep: 10 Minutes
Cook: 58 Minutes
Other: 10 Minutes

1. Preheat oven to 375°.

2. Bring broth and water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Slowly stir in grits and 1/2 teaspoon pepper; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

3. Remove grits from heat. Combine milk and eggs in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk; stir into grits with whisk. Stir in cheese.

4. Rub a 2-quart casserole with cut sides of halved garlic clove; pour grits into prepared dish. Bake at 375° for 30 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before serving (mixture will be dense and puddinglike when set).

5. While grits bake, bring 2 quarts water to a boil in a large saucepan. Add kale; reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes. Remove kale from pan; drain and rinse under cold water.

6. Add olive oil, onion, chopped garlic, and salt to pan; sauté 2 minutes or until onion is translucent. Return kale to pan, and sauté 10 minutes or until greens are tender. Stir in remaining 1/2 teaspoon pepper and balsamic vinegar. Serve greens over grits; sprinkle with goat cheese.

Created date

October 2009

Nutritional Information

Calories 363
Caloriesfromfat 27 %
Fat 10.7 g
Satfat 3.7 g
Protein 15.9 g
Carbohydrate 53.2 g
Fiber 3.4 g
Cholesterol 116 mg
Iron 3.3 mg
Sodium 654 mg
Calcium 332 mg