Finding it can be a challenge depending on where you live. You’ll find lots of good choices in the south but diddley in some other regions. Get the best you can in a good local store or anticipate and order stone-ground grits through Amazon.com or direct from one of the sources mentioned in my article. Stone-ground grits will be best, but I recently tested Quaker “Quick Grits,” (not instant) and it was acceptable after I “fixed ‘em up.” There are so many choices. Select yours and follow the directions on the package. But, here’s what I would do differently. Cook them in low-sodium chicken broth and add no extra salt. The salt in the packaged low-sodium broth will flavor them nicely. Cook the grits slowly. I find almost all directions result in the liquid cooking off before the grits is ready. If it seems as though your grits has cooked too fast, just add more liquid and keep stirring. Al dente is not good with grits unless you like sand in your food. You want it soft and about the same consistency as slightly loose mashed potatoes. When it is about ready, be creative. Add butter and cheese to your taste. For a large serving or two I use two to three tablespoons of butter and about three ounces of Velveeta. (Yeah, I know, but I believe if you don’t add enough fat to carbohydrates you gain weight on only one side of your body.) I use a lot of fresh ground black pepper and a few dashes of Tabasco. I know the proportions are right when a smile forces itself onto my face. You can use Velveeta or the cheese of your choice. My pre-vegan wife preferred Cabot’s Monterey Jack with Habanero peppers because she’s a hot babe. Here’s a basic recipe:
You can find the difference between a gumbo and etouffee in its sauce. Etouffee has a much lighter roux compared to the darker sauce in a gumbo. Primarily, etouffee consists of only shellfish.This recipe is courtesy of Chef Jr. Antonino from Sylvain in New Orleans.
This yummy take on a popular seafood dish was created by food blogger, Daniela Roebuck of Style and Sustenance. The inspiration for this dish comes from her trip to New Orleans where she recalls eating BBQ shrimp and grits for breakfast every day. This recipe is perfect to enjoy for breakfast, lunch and dinner.Recipe courtesy of Daniela Roebuck, Style and Sustenance
What’s a Southern breakfast without cheesy grits? Grits, eggs, bacon, cheese, and peppadew peppers are piled onto this Southern-style breakfast sandwich. No need for hot sauce — the heat from the peppers adds plenty of spice for a morning treat.
This is a sensational dinner in which the sauce for the pork chop cozies up to the grits and adds a new dimension. It’s not hard to make unless you drink too much of the Calvados while cooking.
Quality matters enormously with pork and I find myself enjoying the swiney flavor of small-farm-raised heirloom pork, pricey though it is. I like my pork chops about an inch thick, but this means you will have to sear them in a pan and finish them in the oven to have them cook to medium or more.
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This is a soul-satisfying breakfast best made on a leisurely morning while listening to good, loud music. It won’t take long unless you use stone-ground grits and if you soak the stone-ground grits overnight even those will cook fairly quickly. Click here to see the story What's a Grit?
Elizabeth Karmel is the executive chef of New York City and Washington, DC’s Hill Country Barbecue Market, Hill Country Chicken and the soon-to-be opened Hill Country Barbecue Market Brooklyn 9. A master of the grill, Karmel also knows how to expertly craft soulful dishes using humble Thanksgiving leftovers. She recommends using leftover ingredients to create a delicious breakfast for guests the next morning. For this recipe and more, check out our roundup of 10 dishes Southerners always have on their Thanksgiving table.
Featuring plenty of butter, chopped sausage, and scallions amongst the grits and shrimp, this savory dish is an update on a classic Southern staple. This recipe comes courtesy of chef Art Smith's Atlanta restaurant, Southern Art.
Stone-ground grits are ground in a stone mill and are much larger than quick- cooking grits. They also have an abundance of flavor compared to the faster-cooking versions. Most Southerners will put them on the stove and cook them for hours, sometimes even all day, while popping in and out of the kitchen to stir. Cooking them in the slow cooker requires no stirring at all. Let them cook all night and wake up to rich, creamy grits.