08 July 2014

Sweet Potato Gouda Grits

Forgive me for the hotmessedness. I'm attempting to unplug and do the whole vacation thing, but I couldn't keep my butt out of the kitchen and had to document this one! I've shared my love of Southern-style Gouda grits and Gruyere grits before, but for the life of me I cannot figure out why I just now decided to let sweet potatoes in on the fun! Not only do they add a gorgeous pop of color to an otherwise colorless dish, but they're pretty darn delicious!

Sweet Potato Gouda Grits
Sweet Potato Gouda Grits
ingredients:
1 cup mashed sweet potato
4 cups vegetable broth
2 cups old-fashioned grits
5 TBSP butter
1/2 cup half and half
2 heaping cups of freshly grated gouda cheese
1/4-1/2 tsp salt
1/4-1/2 tsp garlic powder
2-4 TBSP chopped green onion
serves 4

extras: freshly sauteed shrimp and/or veggies seasoned with garlic, paprika, and a pinch of salt and cayenne pepper.

get cooking!
Pierce a few times with a fork and bake or microwave your sweet potato until fluffy. Remove the skin and mash. Set aside. Next bring a quart of vegetable broth and 2 cups of grits to boil in a medium-sized pot. Once boiling, reduce heat to lowest setting and simmer for about 15-20 minutes, stirring often.

While the grits simmer away, get to work on your add-ins. I added links to my shrimp and veggie grits above, since they're my go-to pairing. The grits also taste awesome alongside eggs and bacon for breakfast. When it comes to grits, anything goes!

Once the grits start to soak up the broth, add in the evaporated milk and stir until you've reached bonus arm-workout territory.  After another five to ten minutes, fold in the sweet potato, butter and half and half.  Lastly add your freshly grated Gouda, season with garlic powder and salt, and stir thoroughly until smooth and creamy. 

Pile on your favorite toppings and garnish with chopped green onion.

Sweet Potato Gouda Grits

Now pat yourself on the back, because duh, veggies!

craving more sweet potatoes?
Black Bean and Sweet Potato FlautasSavory Sweet Potato NachosSavory Stuffed Sweet PotatoesBruschetta Stuffed Sweet Potato  Savory Mexican Sweet Potato CasseroleSweet Potato Chickpea Burgers
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15 comments:

  1. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeetsTuesday, July 08, 2014

    I like your hotmessedness, especially if it comes with a side of these grits.

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  2. AneleatSuccessAlongtheWeighTuesday, July 08, 2014

    Outta the way people, I'm diving in!

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  3. Tiff @ Love, Sweat, & BeersTuesday, July 08, 2014

    Bookmarking this! The Southern lady in me is excited to try this. Kiss my sweet grits!! ;)

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  4. I think your missing the evaporated milk in the recipe! This looks DELISH. I need to try and tackle grits

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  5. Haha thanks! I use whatever dairy I have on hand to make them normally! It's great with heavy cream, evaporated milk, and half + half! Grits are über versatile and can be as indulgent or as simple as you'd like! <3

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  6. This recipe is blowing my mind! All my favorite ingredients mixed together. Yumminess!

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  7. I think grits is something us Brits will just never get! it looks so yum though, i wondering I could use some polenta or even some extra mash!?

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  8. Sprint2theTableTuesday, July 08, 2014

    OMG. I love gouda grits. There's a cafe here that makes smoked gouda grits to go with breakfast burritos. If he'd slap those on a sweet potato... I'd die.

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  9. Lol polenta is identical to grits I think! They just form it into shapes while grits (at least mine) more closely resemble a mash of sorts. They're all yummy in my book!

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  10. Sabrina @ Work It Ms JacksonTuesday, July 08, 2014

    Let me start by saying I'm not really a grits fan (I'm definitely a northern girl) but you have me completely intrigued and wanting to try these.

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  11. This looks so super luscious and flavorful! My face wants to be in this.

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  12. Yum this sounds so good and grits are my hubby's favorite!

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  13. This sounds like my kind of meal! Gimme gimme!

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  14. Stephie (eat your heart out)Tuesday, July 08, 2014

    I just...I can't...I don't...*Swoon*

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  15. Arman @ thebigmansworldWednesday, July 09, 2014

    You are my paula deen in friend form- 5 T of butter? Oh yes. YES YES YES. And cheese? Perfect. I would fight the chickpea and the kitty for this.

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