Friday, May 13, 2005

Chicken-Sausage and Asparagus Sauté over Cheese Grits

Chicken-Sausage and Asparagus Sauté over Cheese Grits (Adapted from Everyday Food)

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cooked chicken sausages, thinly sliced on the diagonal
2/3 cup chopped or thinly sliced red onion
1 bunch asparagus, tough ends removed, cut into 1" pieces
2 teaspoons fresh thyme
1/4 cup water
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
salt and fresh ground black pepper
2 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup quick-cooking grits
1/4 cup crumbled fresh goat cheese

In a large skillet, heat oil over medium high. Add sausages and cook, tossing occasionally, until browned, about 2 to 3 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer to a plate.

Reduce heat to medium - stir in onions and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in asparagus, thyme and water - cover and steam until asparagus is jut crisp-tender and water has evaporated, about 4 to 6 minutes. Stir in sausage and lemon juice. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Remove from heat.

Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, bring broth to a boil. Gradually whisk in grits - reduce heat to low and cook, stirring frequently, until thickened, about 6 to 8 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Divide the grits between two plates and evenly divide the asparagus mixture over each plate.

Makes 2 servings.

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  1. OMG, I cannot WAIT until my friend comes back into town so I can cook this for me and her (darn kids would NEVER eat this!).

    Oh BOY does this ever look yummy!

    How do you think it would do over polenta laced with goat cheese? mmmmmmmm

  2. Mariah - Absolutely, I think it would work very well with polenta!

  3. I made this yummy dish this weekend and it was great!!! I purchased the Mango Jalapeno sausage at Costco. I had extra gold bell peppers and onions from fajitas the night before so I used them instead of the red onion. I also used garlic and herb feta for the goat cheese. We will definately be having this again! Thanks.

  4. CLS - I've seen that sausage before and glad to know it would work well here... thanks for the feedback with your changes!

  5. I made this tonight for me and a friend, and boy were we shocked when even the kids wanted some.

    I used polenta, shaped it in a log, sliced it up and fried the polenta in a bit of olive oil to make grit cakes.

    This meal is amazing. I gave the recipe to my neighbor, then called my mom to tell her about it...and e-mailed it to her as well.

    Thanks so much for another fantastic recipe!

  6. Mariah - Fantastic! I'm glad it went over well and loved that the kids actually tried it!