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Kiss my grits

I think my dad used to make grits once in a while when I was a kid, but beyond that vague memory, the only time I ever eat grits is when I hit up Waffle House near my mother-in-law's. They force the grits on you, but they're awesome so it's okay. I can't say I've ever even thought about eating grits at home. Recently at the grocery store, though, I happened upon Quaker Instant Grits. They didn't have the cheddar cheese flavor, so I bought the butter flavor.

I just had some and OMG YUM. I did, of course, add a slice of cheese, so the grits were exactly as they should be: buttery and cheesy. You can pretty much make anything delicious by adding butter and cheese, can't you? I think these are going to become a regular part of my late night diet.



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cj2017
Dec. 10th, 2009 10:49 am (UTC)
Okay, maybe you can answer the perennial question for us Brits once and for all. What the fuck is a grit?!

Cos a) they look absolutely foul on that web link and b) over here, grit is something we put on our roads to stop them icing over!

Halp!
roxybisquaint
Dec. 10th, 2009 11:41 pm (UTC)
You don't have grits over there? Well maybe I need to send you some! I assure you it's not a road de-icer! It's basically just ground corn that you eat like porridge. Butter is a must, but if you read Erika's comment below, you can see there are different things to add beyond that. I go with cheese, she goes with sugar.
cj2017
Dec. 11th, 2009 01:42 pm (UTC)
Nope, I'm kinda happy to say that's one of your culinary delights that has never made it across the pond! Sadly, neither have Teddy Grahams :-(

So, basically, it's polenta with added mush. Yum.

So, question the second. If they're mushy. Why call 'em "grits"? Cos I'm with the_narration, that word conjures up grey and crunchy to me.
gega_cai
Dec. 10th, 2009 11:47 pm (UTC)
They're crushed, dried corn/cornmeal that is boiled, kind of like porridge but corn instead of oats.

I'm from the Southeast US, or 'the South' where grits are common for breakfast or a snack. I love 'em. Butter grits, cheese grits, or grits with bacon bites are common.

I prefer mine thick and almost dry, where some people like theirs soupy or in between consistencies.
rkc_erika
Dec. 10th, 2009 01:01 pm (UTC)
You know I don't think that I've ever had Grits cheesy style. Usually I eat them w/ gobs of butter and either brown sugar or maple syrup.

I love Grits too. Then again I love hot cereal :)
roxybisquaint
Dec. 10th, 2009 11:44 pm (UTC)
I don't think I've ever had them with sugar or maple syrup. I may have to try that... if I can ever stop myself from reaching for the cheese ;)

I love hot cereal too, especially in the winter. It warms me up.
gothamite66
Dec. 10th, 2009 08:43 pm (UTC)
Can't say I've ever had grits. I've had instant oatmeal, regular oatmeal, steel-cut oatmeal, cream of wheat, malt-o-meal but never a grit.

Never even heard of putting cheese on grits either. Now I'm curious because I do love cheese and firmly hold that life without cheese isn't worth living. (In fact, cheese is the only reason I'm just a plain veggie instead of a vegan veggie.)

Sooo... what kind of cheese do you put on a grit?





roxybisquaint
Dec. 10th, 2009 11:50 pm (UTC)
Well if you like all those hot cereals and you like corn, then I'm sure you'd love grits. It's about the consistency of Cream of Wheat (which I love, BTW). To make it cheesy, you just toss a slice of American cheese on top. I threw it back in the microwave for 10 seconds to get it melting going, then stirred it in.

I do love cheese and firmly hold that life without cheese isn't worth living.

I wholeheartedly agree!
the_narration
Dec. 11th, 2009 02:40 am (UTC)
We do not have grits in the north. We know of them only as that thing southern people are always talking aobut eating to provide "local color" to movies. From the name I always assumed they were grey and crunchy.
tackdriver56
Dec. 11th, 2009 02:03 pm (UTC)
Grits...
Grits are a perfect example of a perfectly good product in need of an image makeover.

Grits were NOT on the menu in Yankee-land. Even oatmeal was not on Mom's menu.

I guess that's why I was so astonished in Kindergarten, when other kids ventured into eating the adhesive paste at arts and crafts time.

Weekdays we had cold ceral with whole (cow's) milk for breakfast. Weekend breakfasts were scrambled (chicken) eggs with butter and bacon.

Waffle House introduced me, too, to grits. What an un-appetizing name. The *only* reason I tried them was to honor my own birthplace in Dixie.

Mine were served with butter and artificial Maple flavored (corn? Karo?) syrup. Edible. Barely.

Maybe butter and salt, or your favorite: cheese, would have been a better introduction. Wikipedia suggests bacon, or for a New Orleans touch: shrimp.

Does anyone eat grits at lunch or dinner, or are they stricly a breakfast item?
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