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Runny Eggs on Creamy Scallion-Bacon Grits

(recipe, Rozanne Gold)

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You can either fry or poach your eggs; either way, make sure they have runny yolks to trickle into this dreamy stuff. Dedicated to my dear friend Chase Crossingham.


  1. Salt
  2. 1½ cups instant grits
  3. 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter, plus more for frying the eggs
  4. ⅓ cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  5. ¼ cup finely chopped scallions, white and green parts
  6. 4 slices bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
  7. Freshly ground black pepper
  8. 8 extra-large eggs


  1. In a medium saucepan, combine 5½ cups water and ½ teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil. Gradually whisk in the grits. Cover and cook over low heat, whisking often, until thick and creamy. Stir in the butter, cheese, scallions, and bacon — holding back a portion of the scallions and bacon for garnish. Cook 5 minutes longer. Add salt and pepper.
  2. Fry the eggs in butter until the whites are set but the yolks are still runny. (Or poach the eggs: Bring a 14-inch skillet of water to a boil; add 2 tablespoons white vinegar and 1 teaspoon salt. Slip in the eggs and poach for about 3 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon.)
  3. Spoon the grits into bowls. Top with the eggs. Garnish with the remaining bacon crumbles, chopped scallions, and freshly ground black pepper.