makes 4 servings
1 tablespoon rosemary leaves
8 thick-cut bacon slices
2 1/2 cups water
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 cup quick-cooking grits
1/4 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
Preheat oven to 450°F with rack in middle.
Sprinkle rosemary over bacon in a 4-sided sheet pan. Roast, turning once, until bacon is golden, 12 to 14 minutes. Drain on paper towels.
Meanwhile, bring water, milk, butter, a rounded 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper to a simmer in a heavy medium saucepan. Add grits in a slow stream, whisking constantly. Simmer over medium-low heat, covered, stirring often, until grits are tender and creamy, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in cheese. Serve grits with bacon.
courtesy of: Paul Grimes, Gourmet, April 2009