Grillades and Baked Cheese Grits

I was served Grillades and Helen Tuft's house a couple of years ago with grits and Markus and I have been hooked ever since. I didn't get her recipe cause she said it was her grandmothers and she doesn't know where it came from, but I found this one in River Roads which is equally as good. I can't believe I haven't posted this until now. Beef it's what's for dinner tonight!

2-1/2 or 3 lbs sirloin tip or round steak
5 tbls bacon drippings (I use olive oil)
3 tbls flour
3 med onions, chopped
6 green onions, chopped
2 med bell peppers, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1/3 bunch celery with leaves, chopped
1/3 bunch parsley, chopped
2 cups canned tomatoes
2 cups beef or veal stock (broth)
1 tbls Worcestershire sauce
1 small bay leaf
1/2 tsp thyme, crushed
salt and pepper to taste

Brown meat in bacon drippings. Remove to a platter. Add flour to drippings and stir until rich brown. (you are making a roux here which to get to that brown could take an hour or better, so I just cheat and use roux out of the jar). Add vegetables (except tomatoes) and saute until transparent. Add meat and all remaining ingredients. Cover and simmer for 3 hours, adding water as necessary. Remove bay leaf before serving. Serve over hot grits, garlic grits, rice, or potatoes.
Serves 10-12
River Road Recipes II

Baked Cheese Grits:
2 tbls butter
6 cups milk
1-1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (I use more of course!)
2 cups quick-cooking grits
2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degreese. Grease 9x9 baking dish with 1 tsp butter.

Heat saucepan over med heat and add milk, salt, cayenne and remaining tbls of butter. Bring to a boil, stir in grits and reduce heat to med low. Stir for 30 secs, then add 1 cup of cheese and stir until cheese is melted. Cook uncovered for 6-8 min, stirring constantly, until grits are tender and creamy. Pour grits into prepared pan and sprinkle remaining cheese over grits. Bake 20-25 min or until cheese is melted and slightly golden. Serve hot.
from Emeril Lagasse, Food Network

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