Oklahoma Cooking: Cheesy Spring Green Grits

Across Oklahoma today, the wind is preparing to sweep across the plain. Big time.

I planted my peppers and tomatoes last Saturday, and Mick promptly dug them up and stored them in our garage last night! Why? Evidently storms are coming: thunder, lightening, rain, hail, possible tornadoes and ice? Yes!

While outside surveying what plants we were willing to gamble on this upcoming craziness, I pulled/cut four ingredients for the kitchen:  chives, green garlic, cilantro and asparagus.  I just turned them into a truly dandy meal I’ll call “Cheesy Spring Green Grits.”  Prep time, five minutes.  Cook time, 5-8 minutes.  Eating time, [you fill in the blank].

Bring 2 1/4 cups of water to a boil.  Then…
Add 1.5 Tablespoons minced chives, two medium spears of asparagus chopped into bite-sized pieces, 1 tsp. ground pepper, one clove green minced garlic head (this is just new garlic, use regular dried bulbs if you don’t have any) and 1/2 cup quick grits.  Stir occasionally so that it doesn’t boil over.  While this is cooking, wrap 1 or 2 slices of bacon in a paper towel and microwave for 1.5 minutes.

Once the grits are done to your preferential thickness texture, turn off the heat and stir in 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese.

Spoon into ramekins or other serving bowls, and top with crumbled bacon and chopped cilantro.

I ate mine while I was typing this post.  Bon apetit!




5 thoughts on “Oklahoma Cooking: Cheesy Spring Green Grits”

  1. Almost what we had on this crazy windy, freezing for April panhandle night. Shrimp and grits with artichokes and hollandaise sauce and bacon of course! One if my very favorite meals!

    1. Melanie – I can’t imagine too many better “partners” than shrimp and grits, the hollandaise is like icing on the cake! Take care, and stay warm!! ~ Red Dirt Kelly

    1. Sara – I loved your article yesterday so much. It got retweeted a couple of times by OK Horizon TV and Oklahoma Blogger. I’m so sorry you can’t plant yet! Hang in there – Springs ‘a comin’!

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