My second live TV segment aired today on Local Memphis Live on Channel 24! It's been so much fun cooking on TV and sharing fun recipes with local Memphians. Today I cooked with Rudolph's famous Pork Rinds. I shared three recipes on the segment but I'm going to start by sharing the grits on the blog. These grits are extra creamy with a hint of crunch from the pork rinds. The combination may sound strange but creamy and crunchy together are quite the match! Grits remind me of the time Tres and I went with two of our good friends to Charleston. It was Tres' 30th birthday, and since he was born in Charleston, I planned a surprise trip for him. He was ecstatic and we had the best time. And guess what?! I decided on that trip that I really liked grits! I think I'd like to dare someone to eat grits and not think of Charleston. It'd be impossible.. The two go hand in hand.
Stay tuned for more of my "Rudolph's Pork Rind" recipes this week!
Grocery List (4 people):
1 cup of Stone Ground Grits
3 cups milk
1 cup cream
1 1/2 tsp salt - or to taste
1 large jalapeño - seeded and chopped
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup Gouda cheese - grated
1 cup Rudolph's Hot & Spicy Pork Rinds - crumbled
Heat milk and cream in a large saucer pan over medium high heat. When the liquid starts to get hot, pour in the grits. Whisk grits together with the liquid. When the grits start to bubble, turn down the heat to low.
Let the grits cook on low for about 8-10 minutes, stirring every 1-2 minutes.
While the grits are cooking, sautée your chopped jalapeño over medium heat until soft.
Stir the sautéed jalapeños and the cheese into the grits. Taste and add more salt if needed.
**Note: if the grits start to get hard, add more milk to the mixture and stir. There's nothing worse than "un-creamy" grits, and it's very easy for grits to get hard, as they soak up any liquid put in them very quickly.
Serve grits by putting in a family size bowl or small separate bowls and top with the crumbled Rudolph's Hot and Spicy Pork Rinds and parsley for garnish.
CHEERS TO HAPPY EATING!!!