McEwen & Sons Grits with Poached Eggs and Country Ham
Yield: Makes 4 servings.
- 4 cups filtered or spring water
- 1/2 tablespoon kosher salt
- 1 cup uncooked stone-ground white grits
- 1/2 cup grated grana padano or Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
- 2 tablespoons butter
- Freshly ground black pepper to taste
- Tabasco to taste
- 2 cups button mushrooms, quartered
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 shallot, finely minced
- 1/4 cup julienned country ham
- 1/4 cup port wine
- 1/2 cup chicken stock
- 4 large fresh eggs, poached
- 1 bunch frisée or watercress, cleaned and dried
- 2 tablespoons Sherry Vinaigrette
- Additional kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Combine water and 1/2 tablespoon kosher salt in a medium, heavy saucepan; bring to a boil. Whisk in grits, and lower heat to a simmer. Cook 20 minutes or until almost tender, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat, and add cheese, butter, pepper to taste (about 1/8 teaspoon), and Tabasco to taste (about 1/8 teaspoon), whisking to combine thoroughly. Cover and keep warm.
- Sauté mushrooms in hot oil in a sauté; pan or large skillet over medium-high heat about 3 minutes. Add shallot and country ham, and cook 30 seconds. Add port wine and chicken stock, and cook until mixture is reduced by three-fourths.
- Spoon grits onto serving plates, and top with poached eggs. Spoon ham and mushroom sauce evenly over the eggs. Toss frisée with vinaigrette, and season with salt and pepper; scatter frisée mixture along the edges of the grits, and serve.
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