No Southern breakfast would be complete without a serving of rich, creamy grits, but they aren't just for breakfast! These savory grits are a refreshing change of pace, and they taste wonderful. You may also make them with plain water for a breakfast or brunch dish.
Chicken broth and cream make these grits savory, and they can be a fabulous rice, pasta, or potato replacement. Serve them with a topping of grilled shrimp or scampi, seared scallops, tender slices of poultry or meat (grillades) and gravy, or lamb chops. Or replace the chicken broth with vegetable broth and top the grits with beans or vegetarian chili.
I used quick grits in this particular recipe. Don't use instant grits, and if you choose stone-ground — which take longer — follow the package directions for liquid amounts and timing.
Did you know that grits are gluten-free? They are similar to polenta, and can be used in any recipe for polenta. Or replace the grits in this recipe with a good quality cornmeal or polenta. For a list of grits brands that you can be sure are gluten-free with no cross-contamination, see this list from verywell.
- 1 cup heavy cream or whipping cream
- 1 2/3 cups chicken stock, low sodium or salt-free
- 1 cup water
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
- 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
- 1 cup quick grits
Bring the heavy cream, chicken broth, and water to a boil in a medium saucepan.
Add butter, salt, and pepper to the saucepan and slowly whisk in the grits. Reduce the heat to low and cook, stirring frequently, for about 15 to 20 minutes. The grits should be thick and creamy looking.
Taste the grits and adjust the salt and pepper, as needed.
Serve these grits in place of rice, pasta, or potatoes, with shrimp, pork tenderloin medallions, lamb chops, or other meat or poultry.
Serves 4 to 6.
Variations and Additions
Cheese Grits: Add 1/2 to 1 cup of shredded cheddar, havarti, Gruyere, or another type of cheese.
Spinach and Cheese Grits: Add 1 cup of shredded sharp cheddar cheese and 1 cup of fresh chopped — or 1/2 cup of frozen, thawed, and squeezed — spinach just before the grits are finished cooking.
Vegetarian Creamy Grits: Replace the chicken broth with a good quality vegetable broth.
Fried Grits Cakes: Let the grits cook slightly and then stir in one beaten egg. Turn the mixture into a generously buttered loaf pan and chill thoroughly. Cut the loaf into thin slices and fry in butter or drippings.
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