A great recipe for weekend entertaining:

Cheese Grits Soufflé
Serves 8 to 10

2.25 cups milk
2.25 cups water
1 cup old fashioned grits
1 pound coarsely grated sharp cheddar cheese
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
5 eggs, room temperature and separated
Dash of paprika

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a non-stick saucepan, bring milk and water to a boil. Slowly stir in grits. Reduce heat to low and cover pan. Cook grits 12 to 14 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally. Remove pan from heat and stir in cheese until thoroughly incorporated. Season with salt and pepper and set aside to cool.

Mix egg yolks together in a medium bowl. Stir into cooled grit mixture. Beat the egg whites in a bowl with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. (Do not overbeat.) Add paprika. Gently fold egg whites into grits mixture.

Spoon mixture into a 9 – by 14 – by 2-inch ovenproof dish. Bake in the oven for 1 to 1.5 hours or until the top is lightly browned and crisp on the edges. Serve immediately.

For more “Entertaining at Home” recipes, see page 125-126 of An Affair with a House.

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