Browned Butter Mushroom and Cheese Grits Parfaits

Browned Butter Mushroom and Cheese Grits ParfaitsLayer luscious grits and butter-drenched mushrooms for a petite delight packed with big flavor.

Browned Butter Mushroom and Cheese Grits Parfaits
Makes 8
  • 1 (8-ounce) package gourmet blend mushrooms
  • 1 (8-ounce) package fresh baby portobello mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup stone-ground grits
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup shredded extra sharp Cheddar cheese
  • ½ to ¾ cup half-and-half
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • Garnish: chopped fresh thyme
  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Line a sheet pan with foil.
  2. In a large bowl, toss together mushrooms, oil, salt, and pepper. Place on prepared pan; bake for 20 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, bring broth to a boil over medium-high heat. Add grits, whisking to combine. Reduce heat to low; cover and cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in mozzarella, Cheddar, and half-and-half. Cover until ready to use.
  4. In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Cook until butter turns a medium-brown color and has a nutty aroma, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat; add lemon juice, garlic, and thyme. Stir in mushrooms. Layer cheese grits and mushroom mixture in serving glasses. Garnish with thyme, if desired.

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