Creamy Grits with Collard Greens and Wild Mushrooms

From Greeneville Farmers Market

 Serves: Serves 4
Vegetarian!
Ingredients

  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup stone-ground grits (not instant)
  • sea salt or kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 Tblsp. unsalted butter
  • 1 bunch collards (12 leaves, stems removed)
  • 2-3 Tblsp. water
  • 2 Tblsp. minced yellow onion
  • 4 cups mixed mushroom (halved if large)
Step by Step Instructions
  1. Bring water to a boil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add grits while slowly stirring to prevent clumping. Reduce heat to low and cook uncovered (20-25 minutes), occasionally stirring until most of the water has been absorbed by the grits. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. While the grits are cooking, melt 4 tablespoons of butter in either a frying pan or a sauté pan over medium heat. When the butter foams, add the greens, stir quickly and then add 2-3 tablespoons of water. Cover with a tight-fitting lid, reduce heat to low and simmer until the greens are soft and tender and most of the water has evaporated (about 15 minutes)
  3. Melt the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter in a frying pan or a sauté pan. When the butter foams, add the onion and cook for 2-3 minutes while stirring (or until the onion is translucent). Add the mushrooms and stir well. Reduce heat to low and cook until  are tender and most of the juices they released are absorbed (about 5 minutes). Season with salt and pepper).
  4. Melt the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter in a frying pan or a sauté pan. When the butter foams, add the onion and cook for 2-3 minutes while stirring (or until the onion is translucent). Add the mushrooms and stir well. Reduce heat to low and cook until mushrooms are tender and most of the juices they released are absorbed (about 5 minutes). Season with salt and pepper).
Tips

This recipe is flexible, so you can be creative:

You can add smoked salmon to the grits or grill/sauteé sausages and/or bacon as a side.

the collard greens can be replaced or combined with chard or spinach and can be sauteed with herbs from our garden, such as winter savory.  Another great flavor to sauteé with that mixes well with the grits would be some dill and dijon mustard or curry.  Check out the other sauteé recipes for more ideas!

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