Grits aren’t just for breakfast! We love freshly Charred Broccoli served over Buttermilk Parmesan Grits as the perfect summer dinner when served with any grilled meat. You can even cook both the meat and the broccoli on the grill together, then keep warm when you make the grits.
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 heads of broccoli stems peeled and sliced lengthwise into thick steaks
1/2 cup water
½ teaspoon garlic powder chopped
Pinch of Aleppo Pepper
Salt and freshly ground
In a large, cast iron skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the broccoli, cut side down, pressing down, and cook over moderate heat until richly browned on the bottom, about 8 minutes. Turn-over and brown the other side. Add the water, cover, and cook until the broccoli is just tender and the water has completely evaporated. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil along with the garlic and the pepper and cook uncovered about 3 minutes longer. Season with salt and black pepper to taste, then cover and keep warm.
Buttermilk Parmesan Grits
4 cups water
1 cup whole milk
1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt
1 cup uncooked stone-ground grits
¾ cup buttermilk
½ cup Parmesan Cheese
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
Bring 4 cups water, 1 cup whole milk, and 1 1/4 tsp. kosher salt to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high. Gradually whisk in 1 cup uncooked stone-ground grits; return to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until creamy and thickened about 30 to 40 minutes.
Remove from heat, and stir in the buttermilk, parmesan cheese, and butter. Cook until thick, then cover and keep warm until ready to serve.
Shredded Parmesan Cheese
Ladle the grits onto a plate. Top grits with the Charred Broccoli, a sprinkle of shredded Parmesan Cheese, and a pinch of Aleppo pepper; serve with your favorite grilled meat.