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Amanda and I often find ourselves talking about dishes that would make a great "dinner for one." Although neither of us lives alone anymore, there are still those inevitable evenings spent home alone, when the challenge of cooking for one stares you right in the face.
It's rare that I get too fired up about concocting something elaborate just for me. More often, I see it as a nice excuse to whip up something easy and comforting -- like these goat cheese grits I first threw together one night years ago when I was actually living alone. I still make them whenever I'm in need of a soul-satisfying one dish dinner. They're creamy and soft (I add a bit of milk to the cooking liquid), with just the right amount of tang from the goat cheese and a nice hit of heat from coarsely ground black pepper.
Creamy Goat Cheese Grits
Makes dinner for one, or -- if you must share -- enough for two as a side dish
- 1/2 cup grits (not instant)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
- 1/2 cup milk, plus a few more tablespoons if necessary
- 1/4 cup fresh goat cheese
- 1/4 cup grated parmesan
- coarsely ground black pepper