Fig, Bacon & Gorgonzola Grits

Makes 8 servings.

Ingredients:

  • 6 slices bacon
  • 1 c. quick cooking grits
  • 4 oz. gorgonzola cheese
  • 1/2 c. butter
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1/4 c. milk
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2/3 c. fig preserves
  • Italian-style grating cheese

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 300° F.

Fry bacon and chop into 1/2" pieces. Set aside.

Cook grits according to package directions, using 3 cups water. Stir in butter, eggs, bacon and gorgonzola cheese. Pour into greased 9" x 9" pan. Top with spoonfuls of fig preserves and gently swirl the preserves into the grits by pulling a knife through the casserole. Bake for 1 hour. Remove from oven and grate Italian-style grating cheese over the casserole. Return to oven and bake for 5 more minutes.

Note:

This recipe may be refrigerated overnight after assembly and baked the following morning.

2012 Organic Creamery® recipe contest finalist - entry courtesy of Cara Firestone