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Southern and Southwestern ingredients unite in this sustaining meal of beans, peppers and tomatoes over the best grits you will ever eat! If you don't have the quick-cooking variety, use regular and follow the ingredients on the pkg. F&W Magazine. We are always looking for different ways of serving black beans and this one sounds like a winner; we may have to cut down on the amout of heat!
- 2 1⁄2 cups water
- 1 cup milk
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1⁄8 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
- 1⁄8 teaspoon paprika
- 1 1⁄4 teaspoons salt
- cayenne or crushed red pepper flakes
- 3⁄4 cup quick-cooking grits
- 1⁄4 lb cheddar cheese, grated (about 1 cup)
- 1 red bell pepper, cut into 3/4-inch squares
- 1 green bell pepper, cut into 3/4-inch squares
- 6 scallions, including green tops sliced thin
- 2 cups drained and rinsed canned black beans (one 19 oz can)
- 3 plum tomatoes, chopped
- In a medium saucepan, combine the water, milk, 1 T butter, the Tabasco, paprika, 1 t salt and 1/8 t cayenne.
- Bring to a boil over moderately high heat.
- Add the grits in a slow stream, whisking.
- Reduce the heat, cover, and simmer, stirring frequently with a wooden spoon, until the grits get very thick, 5 to 10 minutes.
- Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the cheese; cover to keep warm.
- Meanwhile, in a large nonstick frying pan, melt the remaining T of butter over moderate heat.
- Add the bell peppers and scallions and cook, stirring frequently, until the vegetables start to soften, about 5 minutes.
- Add the beans, broth, 1/4 t cayenne, and the remaining 1/4 t salt.
- Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring frquently, until the beans are hot, about 5 minutes.
- Remove from heat and stir in the tomatoes.
- Serve over the cheese grits.
- Have a salad of greens, hot rustic bread just from the oven and a great wine.*.
- *WINE:"The robust and varied flavors in this dish want a big, spicy, and fruity red wine to match their intensity. Zinfandel see ms to have an affinity for black beans, and a sturdy example from the Napa Valley will suit these grits and beans well.".