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Chile-Blue Cheese Grits

Yield Makes 6 servings
Saga blue is a soft, mellow-flavored blue cheese that has a white, edible rind.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 1 cup quick-cooking grits
  • 1/2 cup crumbled Saga blue cheese
  • 1/3 cup butter or margarine, cubed
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 egg whites, lightly beaten
  • 1 (4-ounce) can whole green chiles, drained and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

How to Make It

  1. Bring milk, minced garlic, and 1 teaspoon salt to a boil in a medium saucepan; gradually stir in grits. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes.

  2. Whisk in blue cheese and butter until melted. Whisk in remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, cream, and remaining ingredients; pour into a lightly greased 1 1/2-quart soufflé dish.

  3. Bake at 325° for 1 hour. (Center may be slightly soft.)