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
Pair with Seyval from Sumner Crest Winery