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Chicken-Sausage and Asparagus Saute over Cheese Grits

A quick toss of sausage and vegetables turns luxurious on a bed of creamy grits.

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  • Servings: 1

Source: Everyday Food, May 2008

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 precooked chicken sausage, thinly sliced on the diagonal
  • 1 small red onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 bunch asparagus, tough ends removed, cut into 1-inch lengths
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme or 1/4 teaspoon dried
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup grits or yellow cornmeal
  • 2 tablespoons crumbled fresh goat cheese

Directions

  1. Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high. Cook sausage until browned, tossing occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes; transfer to a plate. Reduce heat to medium. Cook onion until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Add asparagus, thyme, and 1/3 cup water. Cover, and steam until asparagus is just tender and water has evaporated, about 6 minutes. Add sausage and lemon juice; toss. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat.

  2. In a small saucepan, bring 1 cup salted water to a boil; gradually whisk in grits. Reduce heat to low; cook, stirring frequently, until thickened, about 6 minutes. Stir in cheese; season with salt and pepper. Serve sausage and asparagus over grits.

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