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.
Make the grits by boiling the water in a large saucepan or the top of a double boiler. The double boiler insures against scorching. Slowly add the grits by sifting them through one hand while whisking with the other.
Cover the pan and simmer on a low heat for 25-30 minutes. Stir occasionally to prevent scorching. Add half and half, cheese and butter, sage and pumpkin and stir well. Continue cooking if grits are undercooked or watery. When they are “just right” season to taste with nutmeg, salt, and white pepper.
Set aside, but keep warm until serving.