An Easy, Spicy, Comforting Dinner Recipe

January 25, 2011 | By | Comments (0)

I’m doing well with my resolution to make a different Real Simple recipe every week. Of course, it’s only January, so I’m hoping I can keep it up. My latest effort was absolutely delicious—Spicy Grits With Chorizo, Leeks, and Corn.



I had some leeks in the fridge that I wanted to use up, so I started looking for recipes that would put them to good use. I also had a bunch of corn kernels stashed in the freezer already. Perfect! My grocery store didn’t have grits, so I opted for polenta, as the recipe suggests, instead.


One prep note: Before you add you leeks to the pot, make sure that you clean them thoroughly. Leeks are notorious for harboring a lot of dirt in between their layers, so rinse the slices carefully in a bowl of cold water get rid of every last bit of grit. 


The resulting meal was incredibly yummy. I loved the combination of the spicy chorizo with the sweet corn, which balanced each other perfectly. The polenta added extra body, which made this dish resemble a cross between a soup and stew. With all the spinach, leeks, and other veggies in the bowl, it was also quite healthy and fresh. A definite keeper!