Pigs in a Poke

Photo: Johnny Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr
For a side salad, combine 6 cups torn escarole, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice, 1 slice crumbled bacon, and 1 ounce shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano.

Yield:

Serves 4

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Recipe Time

Hands-on: 32 Minutes
Total: 32 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 365
Fat 13.9 g
Satfat 6.8 g
Monofat 4.1 g
Polyfat 1 g
Protein 19.2 g
Carbohydrate 37.5 g
Fiber 2.1 g
Cholesterol 216 mg
Iron 2.6 mg
Sodium 595 mg
Calcium 317 mg

Ingredients

1 1/2 teaspoons butter
1 ounce andouille sausage, diced
3 cups 2% reduced-fat milk
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
1 cup uncooked stone-ground grits
1/2 teaspoon black pepper, divided
1.5 ounces Gouda cheese, shredded (about 1/3 cup)
8 cups water
2 tablespoons white vinegar
4 large eggs
2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley

Preparation

1. Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Add sausage; sauté 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in 3 cups milk and 1/4 teaspoon salt; bring to a boil. Add grits; reduce heat, and simmer for 20 minutes or until tender, stirring frequently. Remove from heat; stir in 1/4 teaspoon pepper and cheese.

2. Bring 8 cups water and vinegar to a simmer in a large saucepan. Crack each egg into a small bowl. Gently slide eggs into water; cook 3 minutes or until whites are just set. Remove eggs from water with a slotted spoon.

3. Divide grits evenly among 4 bowls. Top each serving with 1 poached egg; sprinkle eggs evenly with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and parsley.

Note:

Mary Drennen,

November 2012