I'm not claiming to know what I'm talking about, but really, doesn't it make sense?
I'm willing to bet that each of you have a couple of favorite restaurant dishes. I'm also willing to bet that you never, EVER want to know how they are made. Because your scared.
I'm an exception. I'm not scared of finding out what is in my food. I want to know how to make it, because I want to make it at home for less money. Please note, that I do not always find the need to make it healthier. In some cases, that works, cutting back on oils and butters without compromising too much flavor. But for about 95% of the time, I want to eat it the way it tastes best...even if that means a couple of sticks of butter.
I don't believe a couple of sticks of butter will kill me. However, a couple of sticks of butter A DAY might. I'm a firm believer in moderation. I eat what I love, just not the entire batch of it. (Most of the time at least)
What I've been getting at here are these grits. Grits a Ya-Ya. Discovering them at The Fish House in Pensacola, Florida I didn't fully appreciate them right away. Then a month or so later we went to their sister restaurant next door, the Atlas Oyster House and I ordered a side of smoked gouda grits. And then it hit me. These. Are. Fucking. Amazing.
It hit me, and then I looked up the recipe and then it it me again. What the....oh dear god...Holy crap that is a lot of cheese/butter/cream. Even for me, it was a lot. A lot, A lot. Like, I gained 23 lbs reading the recipe a lot. Wow. My second thought after reading the recipe, "This is going to be amazing"!!!
So I did what any good foodie would do. I bought the ingredients and I made it. I didn't cut back on a thing. In fact, I may have even thrown in an extra palm full of cheese for good measure. That's just the type of gal I am. What? Only 400lbs of cheese... better add some more!
So how did it come out you wonder? Amazing. Smokey Gouda-y and buttery and salty amazing.
If you want to try it, I suggest going to the Fish House/Oyster House or asking me to make it for you. And don't watch. It could ruin it for you. Just enjoy it, cause it's wonderful.
And if your really sick and twisted, below is the recipe. But remember, I warned you!
Grits a Ya Ya
by Jim Shirley
Smoked Gouda Cheese Grits
- 1 quart of chicken stock
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 pound Dixie Lily grits
- 1/4 pound shredded smoked Gouda cheese
The Ya Ya
- 8 strips of applewood-smoked bacon, diced
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon minced shallots
- 3 tablespoons butter
- White wine
- 1 pound peeled and deveined jumbo shrimp
- 1 portobello mushroom cap, sliced
- 1/4 cup diced scallions
- 2 cups chopped fresh spinach
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 3 cups smoked Gouda cheese grits
- Salt, pepper and hot sauce to taste
- First, make your grits. Run the chicken stock into a thick-bottomed saucepan and turn on high til it boils.
- Mix in the grits and stir like crazy. Reduce to a simmer and allow to cook 40 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add cream if you need more liquid.
- Then tumble in the butter, drizzle in the rest of the cream and stir till it's all in the family. Then shake in the shredded cheese and stir very well till it's all nice and smooth.
- While your grits cook, bring a large saucepan to medium heat. Add bacon and cook for about 3 minutes, then add garlic and shallots.
- Saute and then add butter and a splash of white wine.
- When the butter is half-melted, add the shrimp. When the downsides of the shrimp become white, flip them and add mushrooms, scallions and spinach. Saute for 2 minutes.
- Remove the shrimp, Pour in heavy cream and let simmer while stirring. When reduced by one third, add salt, pepper and hot sauce.
- Return shrimp to the sauce and combine. Spoon the sauce and shrimp onto heaping mounds of cheese grits.
- Die from ridiculous goodness.