They were the most basic of grits– served as sides or a main meal. There wasn’t much to them and they were delicious.
Once home from our 14 day excursion, what was on my mind? Grits…. and more grits. This grits craving just so happened to be close to one of my favorite seasons of the year, Hatch green chile season (to read one of my favorite Hatch memories, click here) and the two seemed to be a match made in heaven.
Market Street rolled out Hatch season like a pro this year, and where was I on opening day? You guessed it, getting my annual case of Hatch chiles! I had visions of Hatch Green Chile Grits for about 2 weeks at this point and the time had come to make all my dreams come true.I wanted to stay true to the style of grits I ate over the summer, full of corn flavor. Any ingredients that would accompany it would be fresh and seasonal. Market Street had exactly what I needed: New Mexico chiles and fresh Texas summer corn.
The method of grit preparation and cooking comes from Lowcountry chef, Sean Brock. His approach is to soak the grits over night in water to not only infuse the cooking liquid with corn flavor but to also minimize cook time. Genius.A bit of butter, salt and lemon juice are the only other items needed for his grits.
However, the Hatch chile grits include a few more things: roasted hatch chiles, a bit of bacon and a sprinkling of corn and cilantro on top.
Grits and Hatch Green Chile fans rejoice– this meal is for you!
Hatch Green Chile Grits
2 cups grits
8 cups water
2 teaspoon kosher salt
2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 1/2 cups roasted Hatch green chiles (peeled, seeded and chopped)
crisp bacon, chopped, for topping
fresh corn, for topping
fresh cilantro, chopped, for topping
- Place the grits and water in a large pan. Cover and let sit overnight, or at least up to 6 hours.
- Skim the surface and remove the hulls and chaff that have floated to the top. Be sure to not disturb the water too much.
- Pour the grits and its water into a large pan, enough to allow the grits to double in size. Place the pan on the stovetop. Bring to a rapid boil, and stir constantly. Once it boils and water has turned opaque. Cover and remove from the heat. Let rest for 10 minutes.
- Place the grits back on the stovetop and cook over low heat, stirring frequently. Cook for about an hour, or until the grits are tender.
- Add salt, lemon juice, butter and Hatch chiles. Stir well.
- Top with bacon, corn and cilantro. Serve warm.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Market Street. All opinions are my own.