Grits are a common comfort food in the Southern United States. Made from hominy ground into a cereal, grits are very easy to make, and inexpensive too. Hominy is made from corn that has been dried and ground. Grits usually have the consistency of cream of wheat, also they can also be chilled into a more solid form.
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon butter (more or less, to taste)
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- Butter, margarine, or milk, for serving
- 2 cups water
- 1/2 cup quick-cooking grits
- 1/4 cup bacon fat (optional)
- 1 egg (optional)
- Whisk (optional)
Cooking the grits. Boil water in a saucepan and add the salt and pepper as well as a tablespoon of butter. You can add more or less butter, depending on the flavor you want to achieve. Once you've made this recipe a few times, try changing the amount of butter to see how it affects the taste. Now, slowly add the grits to the pan. Stir constantly, cooking until the mixture just returns to a boil. Reduce heat, and stir for 5 or 6 more minutes. It's important to reduce the heat because otherwise the grits may puff up, and they have a tendency to pop, which can burn you. If you are adding bacon fat, now is the time to do it. While it is optional, many people say that that's what gives it that Southern flavor. You can also add more butter, although the grits will turn out just fine without any added fat. However, many people think that the grits taste a little bland without any. The water should be absorbed and the mixture will become thick, like cream of wheat. Be sure to stir constantly if you want to make delicious grits.
Fry the grits. This is an optional step, but it is another way to get that Southern flavor you're craving. Once the grits have been cooked and been cooled slightly, beat in one egg. Then chill, cut into thin slices, and fry in bacon fat or butter. Whether you fry the grits or not depends on your own personal taste; some people prefer to eat it more like a cereal.
Serve the grits. Serve while still warm with margarine, butter, or milk. Try melting a pat of butter on the top of a bowl of grits, or pouring in some milk. They are traditionally a breakfast dish served in the South. You can also serve them at supper with pork chops, slices ham, or cheese. Many casserole dishes also use grits as a main ingredient.
If you're craving comfort food, try making grits. They are easy to make and inexpensive. You don't have to use as much butter or fat as the recipe calls for, but most people enjoy eating them with butter for seasoning.