Country Ham and Gouda Grit Cakes with Tomato Gravy

Photo: Melina Hammer; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham

Make grits and sauce a day ahead. Grit cakes (browned in a skillet) also make a tasty supper side.

Yield: Makes 6 servings
Total:
Recipe from Southern Living

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Recipe Time

Hands On: 1 Hour
Total: 5 Hours, 35 Minutes


Ingredients

  • HAM AND GRITS
  • 1/2 cup diced country ham
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup quick-cooking grits
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups (6 oz.) freshly shredded Gouda cheese, divided
  • TOMATO GRAVY
  • 1 cup finely chopped sweet onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 (28-oz.) can Italian-style peeled tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • POACHED EGGS
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 6 large eggs

Preparation

  1. 1. Prepare Ham and Grits: Sauté diced ham in a small skillet over medium heat 3 to 5 minutes or until lightly browned. Drain on paper towels.
  2. 2. Bring cream, next 2 ingredients, and 3 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan over high heat. Gradually whisk in grits; return to a boil. Reduce heat to low; cook, whisking often, 5 minutes or until thickened. Stir in garlic, ham, and 1 cup Gouda cheese; cook, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes or until cheese melts. Spread in a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch pan; cover and chill 4 hours or until set.
  3. 3. Prepare Tomato Gravy: Sauté onion and garlic in hot oil in a 3-qt. saucepan over medium heat 2 to 3 minutes or until tender. Stir in tomatoes and 1 cup water. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly and crushing tomatoes with spoon. Reduce heat to low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 15 to 20 minutes or until slightly thickened. Stir in basil and next 3 ingredients.
  4. 4. Prepare Poached Eggs: Add water to depth of 3 inches in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and maintain at a light simmer. Add vinegar. Break eggs, and slip into water, 1 at a time, as close as possible to surface. Simmer 3 to 5 minutes or to desired degree of doneness. Remove with a slotted spoon. Trim edges, if desired.
  5. 5. Assemble: Preheat oven to 375°. Invert chilled grits onto a cutting board. Cut into 12 (3-inch) squares; place in a single layer, overlapping slightly, in a 13- x 9-inch baking dish. Spoon gravy over grits. Bake 20 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Top with remaining 1/2 cup Gouda and poached eggs.
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