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How to Cook Grits


Do you know what grits are? I mean, what is a grit? I googled grits and my search came back as  "a porridge made from boiled cornmeal." 

Okay. So made from corn!

Growing up, I ate grits at least twice a week. It was a staple for breakfast. I knew it was some kind of grain, but I didn't know which. Honestly, I didn't care. I knew I liked grits and that's all that mattered to me.

How My Mother Served Grits

My mother cooked grits on the stove--no microwaves in those days. You boiled grits in water, added a little salt and stirred to prevent lumps. Yes, the key was to get them as smooth as possible and avoid lumps.


We also added butter to our grits. Mom served grits with a side of eggs, bacon, sausage or scrapple. Scrapple. That brings back memories, but that's a story for another time.

My mother also use to drizzle drippings from cooked bacon or sausage all over her grits. Not healthy for you, but tastes oh so good!

Occasionally, Mom would make fish and grits. This was special! Sometimes it was trout or porgy. She would also serve salmon patties with grits. So good!

Funny story: one of my brothers would break his bacon into little pieces and line them up in his bowl of grits like little soldiers. He would then spoon a section of grits and bacon into his mouth, one little section at a time.  This was amusing to watch!

So, how do I eat my grits?  Similar to my brother, but not as strategic. I mash up scrambled eggs, chop up crisp bacon or sausage, and mixed everything into my big bowl of grits. Then I dig in!

Since college I have taken to occasionally adding a little sharp or Parmesan cheese to my grits. Cheese adds a level of smoothness that is indescribable! That's taking grits to another level!

 Other Ways to Eat Grits

I have heard that people actually add sugar and milk to their grits. What?! I would never! But when I asked during a recent post, I was not surprised to find that there are still folks who prefer their grits in this manner. It really becomes like a sweetened cereal, in my opinion. Can you relate?

When Can You Eat Grits

I eat grits primarily for breakfast, but I also like to eat grits for lunch or dinner.

How I Cook Grits

So, here is how I make my quick grits:

1 cups water

1/4 cup Quaker quick grits

dash of salt

dash of black pepper

teaspoon of garlic powder

Mix all ingredients in a small bowl. Pop in the microwave for 2 minutes. Remove from microwave and stir. Break up any lumps. Pop back in the microwave for 2 more minutes. Remove from microwave. Stir. 

Enjoy solo or serve with bacon, eggs, sausage, fish or any other side dish for a delicious meal!

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