The menu at this Alabama diner in My Cousin Vinny is the definition of no-frills. Only three items are listed: breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Out-of-towners Vinny (Joe Pesci) and his fiancé (Marisa Tomei) are New York-jaded and thoroughly confused — especially by the ladleful of lard used to grease the flattop. When Vinny asks what’s on his plate, the cook is incredulous: “You never heard of grits?” Heard of them, yes, Vinny’s just “never seen a grit before.” And in his defense, most people from the northeast haven’t. The southern chef recommends simmering the grits in water for 15 to 20 minutes, then serving them with butter. But, to add a bit of tang, we simmer ours in buttermilk, and serve them with goat cheese — plus a six-minute egg, for breakfast.
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