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Italian Flag Grits

Italian Flag Grits

Grits cook up rich and soufflé-like in this layered casserole.

Serves: 12 Save

Ingredients (18)

Zucchini Layer

  • 2 Whole Zucchini
  • 1 T Olive Oil
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 1 cup Fresh Basil

Roasted Tomato Layer

  • 4 Tomatoes
  • 1 T Olive Oil
  • 1 Onion
  • 3 Garlic Cloves
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 Thyme Sprigs

Grits Souffle Layer

  • 1 cup Stone Ground Grits
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • ½ tsp Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Granulated Garlic
  • ½ cup 2% Milk
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 cup Grated Pecorino Romano Cheese
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Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425F.
  2. To prepare the zucchini layer, place zucchini slices on a baking sheet. Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt. Roast about 15 minutes, until edges are browned.  Remove from oven and let cool.
  3. To prepare the tomato layer, core tomatoes, slice in half, and place on a baking sheet, skin side up. Brush with olive oil. Slice onion vertically into 1/4-inch strips. Scatter onions on baking sheet, along with garlic, and thyme. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place in oven and roast 15 to 20 minutes, until tomatoes skins are blackened and puffed. Let cool.
  4. Slip off tomato skins and discard. Squeeze garlic out of casings. Coarsely chop tomatoes, onions and garlic together, along with accumulated roasting juices. Pour into a bowl.
  5. To prepare the grits layer, place water, grits, salt, pepper and granulated garlic in a large saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, stirring well, and then simmer until thickened, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat. Beat eggs and milk together, and whisk vigorously into cooked grits. Fold in grated cheese.
  6. Preheat oven (or reduce oven temperature) to 350F.
  7. To assemble, cover the bottom of a 13 x 9-inch baking dish with zucchini slices, overlapping slightly if necessary. Place half the basil leaves over zucchini slices. Pour grits mixture over zucchini. Place remaining basil leaves over top. Bake 40 minutes, or until grits are firm, golden brown and bubbly.
  8. Remove from oven, and spoon roasted tomatoes over top.