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Goat Cheese Grits with Okra

You will need:

  • 4 cups water, divided
  • 6-8 fresh okra pods
  • 1 cup uncooked quick-cooking Old Mill grits
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup butter, cut into pieces
  • 4 ounces Bonnie Blue Farms goat cheese, crumbled

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease an 11x7-inch baking dish and set aside. Bring 2 cups of water to a boil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add okra and cook 10 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon, reserving cooking liquid. Allow okra to cool, then coarsely chop.

Add remaining 2 cups of water to reserved liquid. Bring to a boil. Gradually stir in grits, salt and pepper. Return to a boil, cover, reduce heat and simmer 5-7 minutes. Gradually whisk about 1/4 cup of grits into eggs. Add to remaining grits and whisk in butter. Stir in okra and cheese. Spoon into prepared baking dish and bake 55-60 minutes or until set.

Yield: 8 servings

Wine Pairing
Pair with Seyval from Sumner Crest Winery

Goat Cheese Grits with Okra