Adapted from Bon Appetit, Y'all (amazon) by Virginia Willis
This simple casserole is a familiar dish in the South. It is an absolute standard at potlucks, brunches, weddings, and yes, funerals. Casseroles are the salve that heals a Southerner’s wounded soul. It can be treated as a side dish, held for hours in a low oven with few ill effects, and the leftovers reheat wonderfully.
This dish serves six to eight people, more than most of the recipes in this book. Use this recipe as a guide and make it your own. Add more jalapeño to give it some real heat, or switch up the cheeses and try adding freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, Gruyere, or white Cheddar.
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for the dish
2 cups water
2 cups whole milk
1 cup stone-ground or coarse-ground grits
Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 cups grated sharp Cheddar cheese (about 6 ounces)
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 jalapeño chile, seeded and finely chopped
2 green onions, white and green parts, chopped
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter a large casserole.
In a large heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine the water and milk and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Stir in the grits and return to a boil. Season with salt and pepper. Decrease the heat to low, and simmer until creamy and thick, 45 to 60 minutes. Remove from the heat. Add the cheese and 2 tablespoons butter.
Taste and adjust for seasoning with salt and pepper and stir to combine. Add the eggs, cayenne, jalapeño, and green onions and stir until well incorporated. Spoon the mixture into the prepared casserole. Bake until bubbly and golden brown, about 1 hour. Remove to a rack to cool slightly before serving.
Yield: Serves 6 to 8
Recipes: Side Dishes, Grits, Dairy, Kosher
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Let's get casserolling
By Yaakov Galen, Editor-in-chief.
Everyone can agree that the well-done crispy edges of a brownie batch are delicious. The same goes for many other pan-baked dishes such as casseroles. There are those that enjoy overall well-done casseroles and those who prefer fluffier medium-baked casseroles. Bake time plays into the outcome of a dish but in order to achieve the various bake textures, you need to use the right pan. In this article, we cover the various kinds of pans you should consider using to nail the type of bake texture you want in your casseroles. We went through the reviews on various online sources and spoke with our inside experts to come up with a list of casserole pans we recommend you use in your kitchen. The recommendations are listed in order of price.
1. Well-done, creamy with crispy edges = Metal Pan
Metal deep dish pans are the safest way to achieve the “well-done” crispy/crunchy elements in your casserole. Aluminum is better than stainless steel for an even cook. Do not store the casserole in your metal pan because it will impart a metal taste into the sauce!
A) Yup, Budget. ($20 range)
ExcelSteel 4 Piece Stainless Roaster with Cover, Rack and Spatula (amazon)
As many of the reviews claim, this pan is deep and great for making casseroles. An all-around great pan with handles, tray, and a lid. Not the best serving dish but the best bang for your buck.
B) I’ll invest in this pan. ($100 range)
All-Clad E9019964 Stainless Steel Lasagna Pan (amazon)
A household name and a Koshereye favorite. Not the exact square dimensions for particular casserole makers, however, it absolutely gets the job done and will last a lifetime.
C) I take my baking extremely seriously. ($250 range)
Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Signature Rectangular Roaster (amazon)
This cast iron made by famous French cookware company Le Creuset is an all-around masterpiece for your kitchen. Cook and serve right from this dish. It may be pricy but think of it as a long-term investment. It has got a long lifetime and it is a breeze to clean.
2. Fluffy and creamy = Ceramic Pan
Ceramic, like glass, will give your casserole an even cook but will not easily achieve the “well-done” effect that metal pans will. You can serve your casserole straight in your ceramic pan because they are classy dishes, so why use a glass pan when you can use ceramic? No one needs extra dishes.
A) Yup, budget. ($40 range)
Essence Maison Rectangular Baking Dish (amazon)
Pretty serving dish and durable, this pan is a drop shy of 9 x 13 but gets the job done.
B) I’ll invest in this pan. ($60 range)
Emile Henry Made In France HR Modern Classics Large Rectangular Baker (amazon)
A beautiful dish that cooks your casserole perfectly. This Emile Henry dish is a bit deeper than its 9 x 13 listed dimensions, it is deep! Hard to find casserole pans with these kinds of dimensions. Cook and serve all-in-one.
C) I take my baking extremely seriously. ($130 range)
Le Creuset Stoneware Heritage Covered Rectangular Casserole (amazon)
Known for its quality, this Le Creuset stoneware pan is a serious piece for your baking arsenal. Paired with a lid, this pan is designed to execute both covered and uncovered recipes while achieving an all-around even cook. Designed for serious bakers but built to last. This pan can be used as a serving dish for any occasion.
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