On a trip to Nashville to visit my brother-in-law and his wife who are originally from Portland, Oregon, we were treated to a lunch at the Loveless Cafe. I thought it was great food and the store front and kitchen items were cool to browse through. I picked up a catalog and brought it home to get things online later if I still felt the urge.
That Christmas my sister-in-law Julie sent us a package from the Loveless Cafe with all sorts of fun and delicious items. The one that made the biggest impression is the Country Ham Biscuit Pieces. The ham is dry cured, hickory-smoked, aged over nine months. It’s the most delicious nibble after getting chopped, pan fried then added to grits with sharp cheddar cheese on top. A wonderful and hearty breakfast.
Cheese Grits and Ham
- 3 cups of water
- 1 cup quick-cooking grits
- 1 tsp of kosher salt
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- black pepper
- 8 oz Country Ham Biscuit Pieces
- In a large pot add the chopped Loveless Cafe's Country Ham Biscuit Pieces and cook on medium heat until slightly browned.
- Deglaze the pot by adding the water. Next add the salt, cayenne pepper and butter. If you want a creamier version add 1 cup of milk and decrease the water by same. Bring to a boil.
- Gradually add the grits to the boiling water using a whisk to prevent any lumps.
- Lower the heat to low and cook for 20 minutes.
- Gradually whisk in the cheese a little at a time until completely incorporated. Cook another 5 minutes.
- Serve with a sprinkle of shredded cheese and black pepper on top.