Grits are a very versatile dish. Served sweet or savory (accompaniments are provided in the ingredients section), we often prepare this dish for overnight guests. Some people choose to make a hearty meal with eggs and cheese, while others like to add butter, syrup, nuts and/or jam for a sweet dish.
Either way, it's fun to serve something that allows each diner to invent their own creation. Sometimes guests like to have a dish of grits garnished with something sweet, then go for a heftier serving with eggs and cheese.
Southerners like to use old-fashioned or stone ground grits. For an everyday breakfast, we generally use quick grits, which are ready in just a few minutes, rather than stone-ground or old-fashioned grits which take up to an hour to cook. For a leisurely weekend meal, we always choose the stone-ground or old-fashioned grits as they are "the real thing," and much better.
For the purposes of this recipe, we specify quick (never instant) grits, as the stone-ground and old-fashioned grits are often difficult to find outside of the South without mail ordering them (which is certainly not practical for a last-minute meal). They are also very finely ground and don't produce a good texture.
- 3 cups whole milk
- 3 cups water
- 6 tablespoons butter
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1 1/2 cup quick grits (not instant)
- Bring first 5 ingredients to a boil over medium-high heat in a heavy saucepan.
- Slowly add the grits, stirring constantly until smooth.
- Turn the heat down to medium-low, cover pan, and cook for about 6 minutes, or until smooth, stirring several times.
- Serve with some of these optional garnishes and accompaniments: butter, cinnamon, raisins, nuts, syrup, brown sugar, peanut butter, jam, cheese, fried eggs, chopped crisp bacon, and milk or half-and-half.
We recommend making more grits than you need for breakfast, then transfer the extra to a lightly oiled loaf pan. When set, slice the grits and pan-fry the slices in a bit of butter until golden brown. They are wonderful alone like this or may be served with a sauce. You can actually use these leftover grit slices the same way you would use polenta. Yum!
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