Hot Grits with Artichokes & Poached Eggs

It’s kind of an in-between time. Christmas is over and we’re pumped for the New Year, but a lot of us are back at work like it’s a regular old Wednesday. And maybe it kind of is?

If you eat healthy, Christmas may’ve been a bit of an overload for you. The meals get rich even if you don’t eat a ton (Sausage & Wild Mushroom Risotto.. recipe to come in 2016). Then dessert. And all that wine. It’s good, it’s just a lot.

What we need now is a meal that will fill us up, but be gentle as we ease into our new year resolutions..IMG_3781

So I whipped up a bit of a comfort-food favorite, the healthy way: Hot Grits with Artichokes & Poached Eggs. I saw this recipe years ago, and made it my own.

Okay okay okay. I’m aware grits aren’t a ‘diet’ food. But we’re all about healthy eating, not restrictions! So let’s enjoy them (and just add less butter, dramatically less).

What you’ll need:IMG_3702

1/8 cup grits
1/2 cup water
1/4 Tbsp. butter
1 tsp. red chili flakes
1/4 cup marinated artichokes
1 egg
white vinegar

  • Combine grits and water in a small pot.
  • Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cook for 25-30 minutes, stirring regularly to keep grits from sticking.
  • Add red chili flakes, butter and salt & pepper (to taste).IMG_3726
  • Crack egg into a ramekin or small bowl.IMG_3762
  • Fill a separate pot halfway with water & bring to an almost-boil.
  • Add pinch of salt and splash of vinegar.
  • Stir water in a circle, creating a whirlpool. Pour egg in the center and stop stirring.
  • Cover pot and turn off heat.
  • Cook for 4-5 minutes
    • Resist the urge to peek! Just let the egg set.
  • Put grits in a bowl & pour artichokes over.
  • Using a slotted spoon, remove egg from water and place on top!

Sidenote: There’s no shame in an egg lost. If the whites of your egg feather out, just try again. You want a good poached egg for this meal.


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