This dish is satisfying, low-fat and good for you. Serve for
breakfast, as a side dish for lunch or dinner, in recipes calling for polenta, or chill
leftovers one inch thick, cut into squares and fry (Note #1) for
a different taste.
Bring water to a full rolling boil. Sift corn grits by hand, little by little, into boiling water, stirring constantly. Water should not stop boiling.
Continue to boil and stir until grits start to thicken. Turn heat very low and simmer for ten minutes, stirring often. (Note #3)
Add flaxseed and cheese, stirring to mix. Simmer for another five minutes.
Spread leftovers in a flat dish 1 inch thick. Cover with wax paper and smooth flat. Refrigerate, covered with the wax paper, until needed.
Note #1: Cut cold grits into squares or fingers the size of fish sticks. Dip in beaten egg or egg white, then into or fine crumbs. Spray a non-stick skillet with cooking spray and heat to medium. Add coated grits. Immediately spray tops and sides with more cooking spray. When browned, turn and brown the other side. Delicious served plain or with pancake syrup. Leftover grits may also be used as polenta, either fried or heated in the microwave.
Note #2: If no ground flaxseed is available, you may use 2 tablespoons oat bran, wheat bran or wheat germ. Flaxseed, however, adds a delicious nutty flavor and is an excellent choice, health-wise. Otherwise, eliminate 1/4 cup of water.
Note #3: A lot of stirring and scrubbing can be avoided by using a good non-stick saucepan for the grits. They have a tendency to stick, otherwise.