I was in the mood for brunch today so I decided to make Country Sausage and Gravy, Grits and Poached Eggs. It’s quick, simple and, oh so, delicious!
I absolutely love grits. However, by themselves, they can be bland and boring. The next time you make grits, consider spicing them up; the possibilities are endless. When I make shrimp and grits, most often I will add sharp white cheddar cheese, havarti cheese, garlic, chipotle peppers in adobo sauce and onion. This gives them a nice kick and really complements the shrimp.
For brunch today, I had already made up my mind that I wanted country sausage and gravy, so I decided to try something a bit different with the grits. In this grits dish I added garlic, onion, chili powder and sharp pepper jack cheese. They were delicious!
Get creative with those grits; there is so much you can do with them. If you want to add a wonderful twist on texture, add hominy and/or whole kernel corn.
For the breakfast sausage, you can use any good quality “coarse ground” pork breakfast sausage, Jimmy Dean Breakfast Sausage, or your own blend. I like making them in to patties and frying them. This gives me a nice base for the sausage gravy.
If you would like to make fresh ground, homemade breakfast sausage, there are a lot of great recipes on the Internet. I have made this one, from Alton Brown, and its fantastic. Another nice twist is chorizo instead of breakfast sausage; however, if I want gravy, I think breakfast sausage is better!
And poached eggs, how can you go wrong? If you’ve never tried or don’t know how to make poached eggs, check out this article. They are super easy, fun to make and taste wonderful.
Keep cookin’ and let me hear about your successes!