Monday, January 25, 2010

Grillades and Grits

Strips of round steak, slow stewed with tomatoes and vegetables and served over a bed of garlic cheese grits.

Grillades and Grits

Grillades and Grits {pronounced GREE-ahds}, found on the menu at debutante balls and definitely a staple at Mardi Gras, is a dish of smothered beef, slow simmered in a roux and tomato base, though the name literally translated actually means grilled.  Made with just about any kind of beef, and sometimes even with pork or veal, I prefer to use inexpensive round steak.

Traditionally grillades are served over garlic cheese grits, which pairs up beautifully and should not be missed in my opinion. You can also make the grits in advance, refrigerate them, make them into fried grit cakes and serve the grillades right on top, which gives a bit of crunchy contrast. If you aren't a fan of grits, polenta, mashed potatoes and rice make a fine substitute - in fact, The Cajun prefers rice himself.

I prefer serving these savory dishes over stone ground grits, especially since I discovered them on Amazon! They aren't exactly common here in south Mississippi y'all, but I get the Palmetto Farms brand on subscription these days, so I use them exclusively now and they are worth every single penny. Grocery store grits, which are a bit more processed but still definitely good, don't come anywhere close to the creaminess you get from stone ground grits. They are highly perishable though, so store the active bag that you're using in the fridge and any spare bags in the deep freeze where they will keep very nicely. Let me know if you try them - they are my favorite brand!

While typically served at a breakfast or brunch and sometimes lunch, Grillades and Grits make a perfectly acceptable and delicious dinner dish in this house. Serve it alongside a mixed garden salad or a green veggie.

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Recipe: Grillades and Grits

©From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish

  • 3 tablespoons of cooking oil (canola, vegetable, light olive), or as needed
  • 1 pound of bottom round steak
  • 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon of freshly cracked black pepper
  • 6 tablespoons of all purpose flour, divided
  • 1 cup of chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup of chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of minced garlic
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 (15 ounce) can of stewed tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon of Kitchen Bouquet
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Cajun or Creole seasoning (like Slap Ya Mama), or to taste, optional
  • 1/2 tablespoon of dried parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon of dried thyme, crushed
  • Garlic Cheese Grits (click link for recipe)

Heat 2 tablespoons of cooking oil over medium high heat in a large iron skillet that has a lid. Slice the round steak into strips and season with the salt and pepper. Toss the meat strips in half of the flour, reserving the remaining flour, and drop the strips into the hot oil to brown. Remove and set aside.

Add additional oil to the skillet as needed to bring it up to 3 tablespoons. Stir in the remaining 3 tablespoons of flour and cook over medium high heat until lightly browned. Stir in the onion and green bell pepper and cook for another 3-4 minutes. Stir in the water and cook and stir until water is fully incorporated and mixture is thickened. Add the meat, tomatoes, Kitchen Bouquet, Cajun seasoning, parsley and thyme. Bring to a boil, reduce to simmer, cover and cook on a low simmer for 45 minutes to an hour, or until meat is tender.

Serve over hot garlic cheese grits, mashed potatoes or rice.

Cook's Notes: Substitute veal shoulder or other cuts of braising beef or pork, trimmed to cutlets and pounded thin. When using leaner cuts, reduce cooking time accordingly.


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  1. OMG. Seriously. Where has this been all my life?

  2. The South has so many comfort meals. This one looks delicious and I love dishes like this over grits. I should make grits more often!

  3. I've never heard of this dish looks perfect for these colder days of winter! My family serves an Italian beef stew over polenta, so I KNOW FOR CERTAIN that this will be a winner in my family! Thanks, Roz

  4. wow looks juicy and very very tasty

  5. Yummy! I'm making cheese grits tomororrow! Maybe I'll refrigerate some for this.

    PS. Looks like my wish came true. Saint v. Colts. Yay! My heart did go out to Brett Favre. My husband was comparing him to Rocky vs. "the Russian" last night. He's a fighter. Quite a career!

  6. I saw you on the sits blog of the day I decided to check yours out. Great food ideas and yes the south loves comfort food.
    Hope we will be blogging friends.

  7. Nothing more southern than grits and I love 'em. Super idea to chill them and then saute them until they get nice and cruncy. I kind of like that idea all by itself!
    But your Grillades recipes is lovely- I knew what it was, but have never had it.

  8. this is a winner... I was trying to figure out how to grill the meat, but dispite the name, it indeed is a terrific recipe!

  9. Oh...I am craving some Grillades and Grits now! The first time I had tasted these was at a Macy's department store in New Orleans, and Leah Chase was doing a cooking demonstration of this recipe.
    Thank you so much!

    Culinarily yours,

  10. Holy cow that looks delicious! I need some:D

  11. Hubba hubba hubba, I LOVE this!!!!!!

    Drool worthy!

    I love any dish with grits and this one is grins and grits! I want some.

  12. A friend and I stopped at a hole in the wall place in New Orleans last year. This was their special, which we had no clue to what it was. We ordered it and fell in love. If you've never tried it .. it is delicious!!
    I will be trying to make it this weekend.
    Thanks for the recipe :)

  13. Hi, First time visitor to your blog. I like it!

    Had Grillades for the first time three years ago in New Orleans. Love them. Had them again when we went back earlier this year. (we've been a total of 12 times) New Orleans is the city that holds my heart!

    Anyway, sounds like a great recipe. I'll be checking back frequently!

    Cheers, Cindy

  14. OH, my goodness. I've been hearing about this dish for years, but have never had it. I have to try this! (Next month; this month's meat budget is verrrry low. :-)

  15. Just found your blog and Grits and Grillades recipe from Two Runners and a Brown Dog. I am totally making it this weekend and following your blog from now on! I love deep south cooking, but have NO idea how to make anything myself -thanks! Great site!!

  16. I made this last night. Yummy! I've heard of the dish but never really had it. Total hit with the hubby and our guests.

  17. We call it Swiss Steak here.

  18. Hiya! Well, not sure where "here" is, but of course, we also cook Swiss Steak down here! Some of the ingredients of the two dishes are indeed similar, that is true, and in fact many people probably do make them the same way, but that ain't necessarily right! ;)

    Both contain some form of tomato, however Grillades are usually also cooked with a small roux based gravy while Swiss is not. Swiss Steak is also usually cooked in a heavier base of tomatoes than Grillades are, or a combination of tomatoes and beef stock, although again, some people make them the same way.

    While Swiss Steak is pan-fried as whole steaks, a dish of Grillades is cooked after being either cut into thin strips, or cut into super thin, pounded pieces, so it cooks a little faster than Swiss Steaks do.

    Swiss Steak is always, far as I know, only made with beef, where Grillades might be made using pork, or even veal. A dish of Grillades are also traditionally served with a plate of some kind of grits, typically a cheese version. Swiss Steak is not.

    So yes, they are somewhat similar, though in my way of cooking them, they are also quite different! Well, that's my take on it anyway! Hope that helps.

  19. I had this dish years ago in Natchez Mississippi, I loved it! I'm going to make it and see if I can get my husband to try it, he thinks grits should be served with sugar only.Lol thanks!

  20. I had this at a little place in Natchez Mississippi,and fell in love. I'm going to make this for my husband and show him that you can eat grits in a whole different way, he likes his with sugar lol. Thanks!

  21. So yummy thanks fo rthe great memories of my time in New Orleans!

  22. This was so good, thanks f or reminding me of my time in New Orleans!

  23. Try this. Almost like the real thing. Kitchen Bouquet Substitute.1/2 cp brown sugar, 2 cps water,1/4 tsp veggie and 1/4 tsp beef bouillon, dash each of garlic and onion powder, 1 tsp black strap molasses. Caramelize sugar and water then add other ingredients and stir constantly until thickened. Yall will be wanting to be putting it on just about everything. I'm from Louisiana and learned this from my gramma about 50 years ago.

    1. Thanks so much Curt! Sounds great & on my list to make!!


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