Grillades and grits

  • Preparation Time30 mins
  • Cooking Time75 mins
  • Serves8
  • DifficultyMedium
1.3kg boneless pork butt, cut into 1-cm pieces
House seasoning
45g plain flour, plus 35g
4 tbsp bacon grease
60g butter
1 large pepper, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
150g diced celery
3 large cloves garlic, minced
1L beef broth or water
3 bay leaves
5g dried thyme
2 tbsp hot sauce
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp salt
5g dried basil
280g tinned extra-spicy tomatoes (recommended: Ro' Tel)
2 to 4 large fresh tomatoes, peeled and quartered
50g freshly chopped parsley leaves
Cheese straws, for garnish, if desired

For the house seasoning

190g salt
100g black pepper
50g garlic powder

For the grits

500ml water
310ml milk
1 tsp salt
80g quick cooking grits, not instant (recommended: Quaker)
110g butter
For the grillades:

1) Spray a cast iron Dutch oven with cooking spray. Season pork with the house seasoning. Dust the pork with about 45g of flour and toss lightly. Heat bacon grease and butter.

2) Brown meat in hot fat and remove to a large bowl using a slotted spoon.

3) Leaving fat in Dutch oven, saute pepper, onions, celery and garlic. Brown vegetables and remove to bowl with a slotted spoon, leaving a total of 3 tablespoons of fat to make your roux (mixture of fat and flour.)

4) Add about 35g of flour, stirring constantly and slowly until flour is a nice deep brown, being careful not to burn the flour. Slowly add beef broth or water and stir. Bring to a simmer and add back beef and vegetables. Add bay leaves, thyme, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, pepper, salt, and dried basil and stir. Add the extra-spicy tomatoes and simmer for about 1 hour and 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

5) Just before serving, add fresh tomatoes. Remove bay leaves and stir in the parsley. Serve over hot buttered grits in martini glass with a cheese straw garnish, if desired.

For the house seasoning:

1) Mix all ingredients together.

For the grits:

1) In a small pot, bring water, milk, and salt to the boil. Slowly stir grits into boiling mixture. Stir continuously and thoroughly until grits are well mixed. Let the pot return to the boil, cover pot with a lid, lower the temperature, and cook for approximately 30 minutes stirring occasionally. Add more water, if necessary.

2) Grits are done when they have the consistency of smooth cream of wheat. Stir in half the butter and serve with remaining butter divided equally on top of each portion. Serve with fruit or with a savoury meal.

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