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Spinach And Kale Grit Cakes With Creamy Creole Sauce From Vegetable Kingdom

by | August 17, 2020

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Popular vegan chef, Bryant Terry, does it again! This awesome recipe for Spinach and Kale Grit Cakes with Creamy Creole Sauce comes from his newest cookbook release, “Vegetable Kingdom: The Abundant World of Vegan Recipes.” This is a great way to sneak extra greens into your diet and, if you want a lower-fat version, instead of frying the grit cakes, try baking them at 325ºF for 15 minutes on each side. To really get in the Cajun mindset, throw on the song, “Portrait of a Wellman Braud” by Duke Ellington from the album, New Orleans Suite.

Vegetable Kingdom Featuring Spinach and Kale Grit Cakes with Creamy Creole Sauce
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Spinach And Kale Grit Cakes From Vegetable Kingdom

Makes 4 to 6 servings

For The Creamy Creole Sauce 

Bryant Terry, Author of Vegetable Kingdom
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For The Grit Cakes 

  • 3 cups unflavored almond milk 
  • 1 cup vegetable stock
  • 1 cup stone-ground corn grits, soaked in water overnight and drained 
  • 1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for frying 
  • 1 cup cleaned and chopped leek, white part only (about 1 medium) 
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt 
  • 2 tsp minced garlic 
  • 3/4 cup stemmed and chopped lacinato kale greens 
  • 3/4 cup chopped baby spinach 
  • 1/3 cup thyme sprigs, for garnish


Make The Creole Sauce:

  1. In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, warm 2 tablespoons of the oil until shimmering. Slowly whisk in the millet flour. Cook, stirring constantly, for about 15 minutes. Stir in the remaining 1 tablespoon oil, the onions, celery, and bell pepper and cook, stirring frequently, until the vegetables soften, about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic, creole seasoning, salt, tomato paste, and liquid aminos. Cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes. Stir in the vegetable stock and cashew cream and bring to a simmer. Simmer the sauce, stirring occasionally, until starting to thicken, about 20 minutes. Season with salt to taste. Remove from heat and set aside. 
Spinach And Kale Grit Cakes with Creole Sauce from Vegetable Kingdom
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Make The Grit Cakes:

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the almond milk and stock and bring to a simmer over medium heat. While whisking constantly, slowly pour in the grits. Continue to whisk until no lumps remain. Bring to a simmer, still whisking, then reduce the heat to low. Simmer the grits, stirring every 2 to 3 minutes to prevent sticking, until tender and very thick, 30 to 45 minutes. 
  2. Meanwhile, warm the olive oil in a small skillet over medium heat. When the oil is shimmering, add the leek and salt. Cook, stirring, until well-browned, 10 to 15 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté until fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside. 
  3. Combine the kale greens, spinach, and 6 tablespoons water in a blender. Puree until very smooth, scraping down the sides as necessary, 1 to 2 minutes. Set aside. 
  4. Once the grits are done, scrape in the spinach and kale green mixture and the leek mixture, stir well. Continue to simmer on low heat, stirring frequently, until most of the additional liquid has been absorbed and the grits are once again very thick, 10 to 15 minutes. 
  5. Pour the grits into a 9-inch square baking dish and spread them out with a rubber spatula. Refrigerate and allow the grits to rest until firm, about 3 hours or up to overnight. 
  6. When you’re ready to finish the cakes, preheat the oven to 250°F. 
  7. Flip the grits out onto a cutting board and slice into 16 two-inch squares. 
  8. In a large nonstick skillet, warm a scant tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, pan-fry the cakes in batches until golden brown and crisp, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer the cooked cakes to a baking sheet and keep them warm in the oven until all of the cakes are cooked. 
  9. Before serving, warm the sauce. Spread sauce on individual plates, top with a few grit cakes, pour sauce over the grit cakes, then garnish with thyme.

Creole Sauce Seasoning

Makes about 1/4 cup


  • 1 Tbsp garlic powder 
  • 1 Tbsp paprika 
  • 2 tsp coarse sea salt 
  • 2 tsp freshly ground black pepper 
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp chili powder 
  • 2 tsp red pepper flakes 
  • 1 tsp dried thyme 
  • 1 tsp dried oregano 
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper


  1. Combine all the ingredients in a mortar or spice grinder and grind into a fine powder. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 6 months.

Cashew Cream

Makes about 1 cup


  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked in water overnight and drained well
  • 1/2 cup water


  1. Combine the cashews and water in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Use immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

“Reprinted with permission from Vegetable Kingdom: The Abundant World of Vegan Recipes by the Bryant Terry, copyright © 2020. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House.”
Photography copyright: Ed Anderson © 2020

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