Category Archives: Grits & Cornmeal

Cheese Grits Soufflé

Cheese grits are the perfect side dish for breakfast and brunch through the holiday season. And they’re even more delicious made with our Old Mill stone-ground grits. To make a souffle of the grits, separate the eggs, beat the whites, and then gently fold the beaten whites into the grits mixture before baking. What you get is a cheese grits side dish that rises to higher heights, sure to impress family and friends. And this elegant but easy side can transition to dinner where it pairs well with roasts, steaks, and grilled fish.

Cheese Grits Soufflé

Makes 8 servings
Prep: 15 to 20 minutes
Cook: 40 to 45 minutes
Ingredients:
1 teaspoon soft unsalted butter
4 cups whole milk
1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Pinch cayenne pepper or nutmeg
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
6 large eggs, separated
Directions:
  1. Place a rack in the center of the oven, and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Rub the butter on the bottom only of a 2-quart (8-cup) souffle or baking dish and set aside.
  3. Place the milk in a medium saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil. Pull the pan off the heat, and whisk in the grits, a little at a time, until the grits are incorporated. Place the pan back over medium heat, and let the grits come to a simmer. Stir and cook the grits until smooth and thickened, about 8 to 10 minutes.
  4. Turn off the heat, and stir in the salt, pepper, cayenne or nutmeg, cheese, and butter until smooth. Set aside.
  5. Crack the eggs, placing the yolks in a medium bowl and the whites in a large bowl. Beat the egg yolks lightly with a fork, and add a couple tablespoons of the warm grits to the yolks to bring up their temperature. Stir to combine. Repeat this process two or three times, adding a couple tablespoons grits to the yolks, and then turn the yolk mixture into the pan of grits, stirring to combine well. Set aside.
  6. Beat the egg whites on high speed with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form, 2 to 3 minutes. Pour the grits mixture alongside the egg whites in the bowl and fold gently to combine. Turn the mixture into the prepared dish, and place the dish in the oven.
  7. Bake until the souffle rises and is golden brown on top, about 40 to 45 minutes. Serve at once.

Old-Fashioned Cornbread

Old-Fashioned Cornbread

 
Makes 8 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Bake: 25 to 30 minutes
Ingredients:
1 large egg
2 cups buttermilk
1/4 cup vegetable oil, plus 2 tablespoons for the skillet
Directions:
  1. Place a rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place the cornmeal in a large bowl, and stir in the egg, buttermilk, and 1/4 cup oil until just combined.
  3. Pour 2 tablespoons of the oil in a 10-inch cast iron skillet and place over medium-high heat. When oil is hot, pour the batter into the skillet, and place the pan in the oven. Bake until the top is firm to the touch and the sides are well browned, 25 to 30 minutes. Turn out onto a board and slice into wedges. Serve warm.
For a 12-inch skillet – bake 20 to 25 minutes
Note:
For True Southern Cornbread (without an egg), use 2 cups The Old Mill Self-Rising White Cornmeal, 1 3/4 cups buttermilk, and 1/4 cup vegetable oil. Bake at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes.

Jalapeno Cornbread Squares with Festive Toppings

Cornbread has been the backbone of the Smoky Mountain foodways for a long time. It was the bread that extended the everyday meal, making simple provisions more filling and interesting. But cornbread can be transported to the modern-day kitchen, too, where it is the perfect foil for festive holiday toppings of black eyed pea relish, pimento cheese, and sweet-hot pepper jelly. These country-style canapés are vegetarian-friendly and an easy do-ahead appetizer for busy holiday entertaining. They are the perfect accompaniment to ham, smoked turkey, even bowls of chili.

Jalapeno Cornbread Squares with Festive Toppings

Makes about 12 servings (about 54 squares)
Prep time: 20 to 25 minutes
Bake time: 15 to 20 minutes
Ingredients:
Cornbread:
2 large eggs
1 cup cream-style corn (frozen or canned)
1 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup chopped green onions
1 cup shredded Cheddar or a Monterey Jack and Cheddar blend
Optional: 1 teaspoon diced jalapeno pepper and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Toppings:
1 cup prepared pimento cheese
1/4 cup pepper jelly, if desired
Thinly sliced ham and fresh figs
Directions:
1. Place a rack in the center of the oven, and preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Mist a 13- by 9-inch metal baking pan with vegetable oil spray, and set the pan aside.
2. Place the cornbread mix, eggs, cream-style corn, buttermilk, and oil in a large mixing bowl and stir with a wooden spoon or spatula to just combine, 1 minute. Do not over-mix. Fold in the green onions and cheese, and the jalapeno pepper and black pepper if you like it spicier. Turn the batter into the prepared pan.
3. Place the pan in the oven, and bake until the cornbread is golden brown and springs back in the center when lightly pressed, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven, and let the cornbread cool completely in the pan, 1 hour.
4. When ready to assemble, cut the cornbread into about 54 squares. Remove the squares to a large tray or sheet pan. Top some of the squares with a teaspoon of black eyed pea relish and the others with a teaspoon of pimento cheese. Top the pimento cheese-covered squares with a dab of pepper jelly, if desired, or candied pepper slices. Top the rest with thinly sliced ham or prosciutto rolled up into a little rose alongside a thin slice of fig. Arrange on a platter and serve at room temperature.

Pimiento Cheese Baked Grits

Grits are a staple of Southern fare and can be enjoyed with any meal from breakfast to supper! Paring it with another Southern staple, pimento cheese just takes it to another level. We know you will certainly enjoy it!

Pimiento Cheese Baked Grits

This is a great make-ahead dish. Prepare through step 2; cover and chill overnight. Let grits stand at room temperature while preheating your oven.

Yield/ Number of Servings: 6-8

Hands on time: 35 min

Total time: 1 hour 35 min

Ingredients:

1 tsp. salt

1 cup Old Mill Yellow Grits

1 cup half and half

¼ tsp. cayenne

3 cups (12 oz) shredded sharp cheddar cheese

1 (4 oz) jar diced pimientos, drained

1/3 cup chopped green onion

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

 

  1. Bring 4 cups of water and 1 teaspoon salt to a boil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Slowly whisk in grits. Reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring often, 30 minutes or until grits are thickened and tender. Remove from heat.
  2. Add half and half, cayenne, cheese, pimientos, and green onion to grits, stirring until cheese melts. Stir in eggs. Pour grits into a lightly greased 2-quart baking dish.
  3. Preheat oven to 350F. Bake 50-55 minutes or until golden brown and edges are set. Let cool 10 minutes before serving. Sprinkle with additional chopped green onion, if desired.