Every Southern cook knows how to make Grits, and now you can too! This widely popular dish can be enjoyed for breakfast or dinner and made sweet or savory.
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What are Grits?
Grits are a creamy porridge made from ground corn. The technique originates from the indigenous people of what is now the Southern United States, specifically the Muskogee tribe. British colonists learned this technique from the indigenous people. Now, grits are so popular that they are the official prepared dish of Georgia. Grits can be made from white corn or yellow corn. Most grocery stores sell quick and stone-ground styles. Much like oatmeal, quick refers to a smaller grain and faster cook time. Additionally, stone-ground refers to a larger grain and a slower cook time.
Quick and Easy Breakfast
If you are looking for a simple, yet delicious addition to your breakfast repertoire, grits are your answer! We wrote this recipe using quick grits, so you will love how quickly they come together.
- First, add water, milk, butter, and salt to a pan. Then, bring it to a boil over medium heat. Make sure to stir often so the milk doesn’t scorch on the bottom of the pan.
- Next, slowly pour in the grits into the pan. Stir with a whisk as you add them. Otherwise, they will get clumpy.
- Then, cover the pan and let simmer for 25-30 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes or so. Be sure to scrape the bottom of the pan so nothing sticks.
- Finally, when they grits are a thick and creamy consistency, remove from heat, add your toppings, and enjoy!
Once you’ve cooked up your grits, you can make them savory or sweet. Let’s start with sweet! Add any of these yummy toppings for a sweet breakfast.
- maple syrup
- brown sugar
- nuts and seeds
Some of my favorite combinations include bananas + honey + toasted almonds, berries + maple syrup, and pecans + maple syrup + cinnamon.
If you prefer a more savory breakfast, or you are serving grits with dinner, try some of these toppings.
- cheese (note: add the cheese when the grits are done cooking, but still hot)
- green onion
- caramelized onion
Some of my favorite combinations include: cheese + bacon + green onion, fried eggs + sausage, and bacon + caramelized onion.
And check back soon for our Shrimp and Grits recipe! We are working on it right now and we can’t wait to share it with you!
For creamy grits, whether you are using stone-ground or quick, you will need to cook for longer than it states on the box.
Other Southern Recipes
- Biscuits and Gravy
- Cake Mix Cornbread
- Southern Corn Casserole
- Southern Fried Chicken Sandwich
- Key Lime Pie
- Instant Pot Gumbo
- Shrimp Po Boys
How to Make Grits
- In a large pot add water, milk, butter, and salt. Bring to a low boil over medium high heat while stirring frequently.
- Slowly pour in the grits while stirring constantly with a whisk, turn heat to low and continue to whisk for one minute.
- Cover the pan with a lid and stir well every 4 to 5 minutes. Be sure to scrape all along the bottom of the pot to prevent the grits from sticking or burning.
- The grits are done when they reach a thick creamy consistency, it should take 25 to 30 minutes.
- Pour grits into a serving bowl and top with a slice of butter while hot.
Cheese Grits (Optional)
- Stir in a cup of your favorite kind of cheese when the grits are completely cooked and still hot.
- Large Sauce Pan