I tend to get on food kicks. My latest obsession is raw oysters. Forrest and I went on a date to a local oyster bar for my birthday earlier in the year and it was fabulous. The oysters were perfection and I loved dining right up at the bar and talking with the "Shuckers". Well I can't stop eating raw oysters since then, I have probably been back 6 times with anyone I can convince to tag along. Six revisits is a lot considering my birthday was only three weeks ago and I have a two year old which makes family visits near impossible.
These little food crushes aren't new. I can remember a time in college where I became infatuated with eating seafood gumbo and I had it for every meal for several weeks. When I like something, I REALLY like it when it comes to food. My Mom describes it as extreme, and she tends to believe it applies to other parts of my personality as well - but that is irrelevant (maybe).
This recipe came at a time when I was enamored with the idea of a poached or fried egg on everything. I just can't get enough of the rich runny yolk and the flavor element it adds to a dish. This meal was awesome and I loved the addition of the andouille sausage to the grits, oh so Southern!
Pigs in Poke
Adapted from Cooking Light November 2012
- 2 teaspoons butter
- 1 ounce andouille sausage, diced and skin removed
- 3 cups 2% reduced-fat milk
- 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
- 1 cup uncooked stone-ground grits
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, divided
- 1/3 cup of shredded Gouda cheese
- 8 cups water
- 2 tablespoons white vinegar
- 4 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley
1. Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Add sausage; sauté 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Stir in 3 cups milk and 1/2 teaspoon salt; bring to a boil. Add grits; reduce heat, and simmer for 20 minutes
or until tender, stirring frequently.
Remove from heat; stir in 1/4 teaspoon pepper and cheese.
2. Bring 8 cups water and vinegar to a simmer in a large saucepan. Crack each egg into a small bowl. Use the handle of a wooden spoon to spin the water into a little cyclone-like formation. Gently slide eggs into water;
cook 3 minutes or until whites are just set and the egg floats to the surface.
Remove eggs from water with a slotted spoon. Drain on a paper towel lined plate.
3. Divide grits evenly among 4 bowls. Top each serving with 1 poached egg; sprinkle eggs evenly with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and parsley.
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