Thursday, November 26, 2015

Thanksgiving Delight - Blue Cheese Bacon Grits and Mimosa Floats

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I love some good grits and throw these on your breakfast or brunch menu, along with the mimosa floats, guess who's house is on the list to come back to for the next holiday gathering...YOURS! 

Blue Cheese Bacon Grits and Mimosa Floats

When La Costa asked me if I had a yummy holiday recipe to share I immediately thought of brunch! I love a good brunch during the holidays and while I usually spend the big holiday with family, I long to have a meaningful get together with close friends too. An informal brunch one morning during the week is a great way to do that. So, for this post I did exactly that. Never let a good blog meal go to waste.

On my own blog, I share my thoughts on new (to me) wines and interesting Pinterest recipes. It's rare that I share one of my very own. My recipe for both Blue Cheese Bacon grits and my Mimosa floats are two that are truly all my own. I've been making them now at special breakfast get togethers for about 7 or 8 years, and they have a firm place now on the list of family favorites.

The Mimosas:

Always start your “Friendsgiving Breakfast” with mimosas. For these friends, I grabbed a bottle of Barefoot Bubbly, pineapple sherbet, and Simply Orange Juice with Mango. These are easy and yummy. Just use one scoop of sherbet, then fill the glass halfway with your favorite champagne or sparkling wine (or even clear soda). It will begin to form a lovely foam so give it just a moment to settle. Once the “danger” of overflow has passed, top it off with just a bit of the juice. Viola'!! If you want a little garnish you can add frozen berries or grapes to the glass. It's easy to change up the flavors a little so they are never really the same twice. I like to think of these as tropical mimosas, but you can make lemon lime, peach or raspberry mimosas too. The sky is the limit.

The Meal:
The first thing you need to know is that I am not a precise cook. I'll give some measurements that I would use, but this recipe is one that does not have to be exact and you can tailor it to your own tastes. So for my ingredient list, this is kind of the gist of what you'll need to make Blue Cheese Bacon grits for up to six people.

Quick grits prepared to package directions for 6
1⁄2 brick of cream cheese
1⁄2 onion sliced carmelized in butter
6 to 8 pieces of cooked bacon
1⁄4 to 1⁄2 cup of blue cheese crumbles
coarse salt
freshly ground pepper

Once your grits are ready, quickly melt your cream cheese into them stirring until the mixture is creamy and smooth. Mix in bacon and onions followed by salt and pepper to taste. Be sure to sample before you add your salt, because your bacon will add some salt to the grits. Finally add in your blue cheese crumbles. A word to the wise, start small. As good as blue cheese is, it is still a very strong cheese and the grits will absorb the flavor quickly. Add just a little to the grits at a time until you have the level of flavor that you want.

And there you have it. An easy and quick brunch recipe for sharing with friends or family this holiday season. I urge you to take the time to sit with a small group of friends this year and use some great comfort food as a vehichle to spend some time growing in your friendship. Happy Thanksgiving.

Sasha Johns is a housewife, wine enthusiast and artist who shares her wine finds and wares at She is the wife of Dr. Robert Johns, a chiropractor, and the mom to three very well adjusted and precocious children who keep her on her toes. You can catch her latest antics on Instagram at middlesistersasha.

**I do not own any rights to this recipe. All rights belong to Sasha Johns**


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