Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Chili-Cheddar Grits with Grilled Corn and Tomatoes

Austin cooked again!  I was super stressed leading up to the wedding, so he did such a wonderful job making me feel supported by cooking and doing other housework too.

With this recipe, the pictures are not what they it should really look like, but the taste profile is absolutely there!  Austin ended up pureeing all the veggies together instead of just the tomatoes, making it a grit soup.  Whether it's grit soup or more chunky veggies, you're still going to gobble this meal down :)  This is another recipe adapted from Fine Cooking.

Chili-Cheddar Grits with Grilled Corn and Tomatoes

3 medium ears fresh corn, shucked
1 tbs extra-virgin olive oil
1 lb. medium plum tomatoes, halved
2-3 summer squash, peeled and quartered
salt and black pepper
1 cup quick-cooking (not instant) grits
4 tsp chili powder
1/2 cup thinly sliced scallions
4 oz. extra-sharp Cheddar, grated (about 1 cup)

Lightly rub the corn with 1 tsp. of the oil. In a medium bowl, toss the tomatoes with the remaining 2 tsp. oil and a generous sprinkling of salt and pepper.

Put the corn, squash and tomatoes, cut side up, on the grill and cover (or in a grilling pan on the stovetop). Grill, turning the corn occasionally (don’t turn the tomatoes), until the corn is browned in places and the tomato skins have darkened and the flesh has softened, 8 to 12 minutes.

Set aside 4 tomato halves for garnish and put the remaining tomatoes in a food processor; pulse until smooth. When the corn is cool enough to handle, cut the kernels from the cobs.

In a heavy-duty 4-quart saucepan, bring 3-1/2 cups of water and 2 tsp. salt to a boil over high heat. Whisk in the grits, chili powder, and the tomato purée. Bring to a boil and stir in two-thirds of the corn kernels and the scallions.

Reduce the heat to medium low and cook, partially covered and stirring frequently, until the grits are tender and thick, about 5 minutes. Add the cheese and a few grinds of pepper; stir until the cheese melts. Divide the grits among 4 soup bowls and top each with a tomato half and some of the remaining corn.


  1. My husbnad is from the south and always talking about grits, but I've never tried making them. i better get on that!

  2. What a guy! This looks delicious, though I have never tried grits before, people have told me how delicious it is

  3. Cariian and Cathleen- definitely try grits....but start with flavored with cheese or lemon juice or both :) This recipe was my first time cooking and eating grits, and I was hooked: