It was late and I had nothing ready for dinner. Not only did I have nothing ready, I hadn't even given a thought to what we were having. Fortunately I found some sliced ham that had been pushed to the back of the meat drawer and it needed to be eaten right away. I also had a few small peppers and 3/4 of an onion waiting to be used. I had just picked a few cherry tomatoes from the yard too. There was also an opened carton of whipping cream with just a tad over 1 tablespoon in it. ( Who saves 1 tablespoon of cream? Oh, yeah! I do.)
Ingredients were found so all I needed was inspiration or desperation to form them into something edible and somewhat satisfying. I knew there needed to be something of substance for the soon to be creation to sit on, but I had not the time nor patience for rice and I was completely out of potatoes. Jim Dandy to the rescue!
Ham over Savory Grits
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 small onion julienned
3 small sweet peppers sliced ( These were slightly larger than a ping pong ball)
6 cherry tomatoes ( because that is how many were ripe)
5 slices deli cut in strips
1 tablespoon whipping cream
2 tablespoons of chicken broth (if you have it , if not 2 tablespoons water or white wine)
Saute' the vegetables in olive oil until they are nicely wilted but not browned. Add the ham strips and stir to mix with the vegetables. Remove from the heat but leave in the pan
Turn the small loaf pan upside down. The grits should slide out in 1 whole piece. Slice the grits cross ways into 4 pieces. Place 2 pieces in the center of a 2 plates. If they are not still warm, pop them in the microwave on the plates for about 30 seconds.
Put the saute' pan back on the heat and add the cream and broth. Stir to mix well and cook until the liquid reduces by half. Pour half on each plate on top of the sliced grits. Set it on the table and have a tasty dinner from reclaimed foods.
This was quick and good and pretty tasty. I will make it again on my next clean out the fridge day. Never be afraid to throw something together. If it isn't great, it's just one meal and ,if you're lucky, you might find a new family favorite.
And this is why I save 1 tablespoon of cream and always have homemade chicken broth ice cubes in the freezer.