Cheddar Grit Cakes with Roasted Peppers

Cheddar Grit Cakes with Roasted Peppers Recipe
Photography: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro
Prepare the peppers up to a day ahead, then reheat them in the microwave before serving. This frees the oven so you can roast the chicken.


4 servings (serving size: 2 grit cakes and 1/2 cup pepper mixture)

Recipe from

Cooking Light

Nutritional Information

Calories 247
Caloriesfromfat 30 %
Fat 8.2 g
Satfat 3.8 g
Monofat 3.3 g
Polyfat 0.6 g
Protein 10.3 g
Carbohydrate 33.1 g
Fiber 2.5 g
Cholesterol 17 mg
Iron 0.9 mg
Sodium 457 mg
Calcium 189 mg


1 cup 1% low-fat milk
1 (14-ounce) can fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
3/4 cup uncooked quick-cooking grits
2 teaspoons minced jalapeño pepper
1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded extrasharp cheddar cheese
Cooking spray
3 medium red or orange bell peppers
2 teaspoons extravirgin olive oil
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/4 teaspoon salt


To prepare grits, bring the milk and broth to a boil in a medium saucepan. Stir in grits and jalapeño. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes or until thick. Stir in the cheese; cook until cheese melts. Spread grits into a 9-inch square baking pan coated with cooking spray; cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or until set.

To prepare peppers, cut the bell peppers in half lengthwise; discard seeds and membranes. Place pepper halves, skin sides up, on a foil-lined baking sheet, and flatten with hand. Broil 15 minutes or until blackened. Place in a zip-top plastic bag; seal. Let stand 15 minutes. Peel and cut into 1-inch strips. Combine peppers, oil, vinegar, coriander, and salt; toss well.

Invert grits onto a cutting board. Cut grits into 4 (4 1/2-inch) squares. Cut each square diagonally into 2 triangles. Heat a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add triangles; cook 4 minutes on each side or until lightly browned. Serve pepper mixture over grit cakes.

October 2003
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