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Easter Brunch: Roasted Asparagus + Cheddar Grits

Asparagus and Cheddar Grits Recipe

So I moved to Morgantown, WV and when I look at a map I’m like, “This isn’t really THAT far South, is it?” Well, even if you don’t consider it super south, I like to say it is. And now I like to eat grits!

It sounds like a flippant comment, but I assure you that I am always very serious when it comes to food. I tried grits at a couple restaurants and decided that I enjoy them. When they come plain at breakfast, I like butter, salt and pepper. But at home, I like to load them up with tons of cheese! This recipe is absolutely delicious and I think it would make a perfect addition to Easter Brunch this year.

Roasted Asparagus and Cheddar Grits Recipe:

*makes 2 servings
1/2 bundle of asparagus – ends removed
2 Tbsp. olive oil
Salt
Pepper
5 slices of bacon – cut into bite size pieces
1/2 cups grits
1 cup water
1/2 cup cream (or milk)
4 oz. sharp cheddar – shredded
2 eggs
Smoked paprika

Preheat your oven to 450-degrees.

Chop the ends off your asparagus.

Asparagus

Place your asparagus in a single layer on a baking sheet and coat with olive oil, salt and pepper.

Roasted Asparagus

Bake for 25 minutes.

While your asparagus is baking, you can get started on your grits. I used Quaker grits that I found at my local grocery store and cooked them according to the package. EXCEPT, I substituted a quarter to nearly half of the water for cream (oopsies!) and added 4 oz. of shredded sharp cheddar after they were fully cooked. If they dry out a little while they’re cooking, just add some more cream.

While your grits are cooking (this is a multi-tasking recipe), you can chop your bacon into bite size pieces.

Bacon

Then get that sizzling up in a pan. Once it’s brown, I transfer to a paper towel to lose some of the grease.

Once everything is cooked, keep it warm while you poach your egg. This was the scariest part for me because I had never poached an egg before. My friend Liz showed me this awesome tutorial from Alton Brown. I skipped the vinegar part and just went with plain water, but definitely had fun creating a water tornado!

If you don’t feel like clicking the link, the steps are as follows:

  1. Heat 3 cups of water in a 2-quart saucepan until simmering over medium heat.
  2. Once you’ve got a nice simmer, swirl your water in one direction creating a water tornado.
  3. Crack your cold egg into a small dish or measuring cup and pour it directly in the center of your tornado.
  4. Turn the heat off and let it cook for 2 and 1/2 minutes. This will vary. I tried 5 minutes per Alton and it was way too long, 2.5 was perfect for mine!
  5. Remove egg with a slotted spoon and place directly on your food.

Note: If your egg is done too early, you can remove it from the water and put it in a dish and keep the water warm. Drop it back in the warm water for a minute before serving to warm it back up.

Now take a heaping pile of grits, top with some of your roasted asparagus, sprinkle with bacon and then put your poached egg on top. I put a little smoked paprika on mine because I just love the stuff.

Roasted Asparagus and Cheese Grits

Then you break your egg, make a mess and eat the whole plate!

Roasted Asparagus an Cheddar Grits

What is your go-to Easter Brunch recipe?

Molly Monday: The Demon Vacuum

Are you starting to realize that Molly Mondays are kind of my favorite? Not that I don’t love to cook and take pictures and share recipes, but there is something relaxing about snapping embarrassing pictures of my dog for you all to see.

Like many of her canine friends, Molly is horrified of the vacuum. The weird thing is, no matter how scared she is, she really wants to be near it. I think it’s because she wants to keep an eye on the devil machine to make sure it doesn’t misbehave, but I can’t be sure. She keeps her distance, but will never leave the room that I’m vacuuming and stares at it like it might attack her at any moment.

I tried letting her check it out while it was turned off to see if I could cure her fear. I think you can guess how that worked out*

The demon vacuum in all its glory.

Demon Vacuum

She got pretty close!

Molly Vacuum

This is what I call progress!

Molly Monday Vacuum

*She is no less scared of it. But she got lots of treats for being a brave pup!

Is your dog vacuum-phobic?