TIME: 25-30 minutes
PER SERVING: Energy 120 cal, Fat 2g, Sodium 188 mg, Carbs 21g, Fiber 0g, Protein 3g, Water 64%
4 cups water
2 cups uncooked grits
½ cup cooked crumbled bacon
2 tablespoons fresh thyme (or any fresh herbs you have on hand)
¼ cup grated parmesan
2 teaspoon raw sugar
1 teaspoon coarse salt
1½ teaspoon olive oil (to fry)
1) Lightly coat a muffin tin or an 8-inch square baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
2) Bring water with a dash of salt to a boil in a saucepan over high heat. Add grits and stir frequently for 3-4 minutes. The mixture will begin to thicken. Remove from heat and stir in cooked bacon and thyme.
3) Pour cooked grits into muffin tin or baking pan and sprinkle with parmesan and a pinch of sugar and salt. Let set for 10-15 minutes to firm up.
4) Cut into squares. Pan-fry the individual squares over medium-high heat until edges are golden.
NOTE: Finishing oils like truffle oil can add a wonderful intensity to simple dishes. Add just a small amount before serving.