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Griddled Grits with Cilantro Oil

Prep time 12 mins
Cook time 26 mins
Other time 2 hrs
Yield 16 servings (serving size: 1 grits triangle and 1 tsp. oil)

Ingredients

  • 1 (14-oz.) can less-sodium, fat-free chicken broth
  • 2 cups uncooked quick-cooking grits
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 ounces fontina cheese, diced
  • Butter-flavored cooking spray
  • 2 thin green onions, cut into 1
  • 1/2 cup packed fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons sherry vinegar or white wine vinegar

Nutrition Information

  • calories 120
  • caloriesfromfat 38 %
  • fat 5.1 g
  • satfat 1 g
  • monofat 2.6 g
  • polyfat 1.3 g
  • protein 2.8 g
  • carbohydrate 15.7 g
  • fiber 0.3 g
  • cholesterol 4 mg
  • iron 0.8 mg
  • sodium 224 mg
  • calcium 22 mg

How to Make It

  1. Bring 4 cups water and broth to a boil in a 4-qt. saucepan. Stir in grits, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil, and cook, uncovered, 8 minutes or until very thick. Add cheese, stirring until it melts. Remove from heat, and pour grits into a 13" x 9" pan coated with cooking spray. Set aside to cool completely.

  2. While grits cool, process green onions and cilantro in a small food processor until minced. With processor running, slowly add oil, and process until well blended. Pour cilantro oil into a small saucepan; set aside.

  3. Cut cooled grits into 8 rectangles. Cut each rectangle into 2 triangles. Place a 12" cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat until hot; coat skillet with cooking spray. Add half of grits rectangles to skillet, taking care to keep rectangles together for easier turning. Cook 3 minutes; coat tops with cooking spray; turn and cook on other side 3 minutes or until golden. Transfer grits to a serving platter, separating rectangles into triangles, and keep warm. Repeat procedure with remaining grits rectangles.

  4. Heat oil mixture over medium heat just until warm. Remove from heat, and stir in vinegar. Drizzle 1 tsp. oil evenly over each triangle; serve with remaining oil, if desired.

  5. Make Ahead: Cut cooled grits as directed above. Cover and store in refrigerator. Brown grits and prepare herb oil just before serving.

Christmas with Southern Living 2008