Thursday, January 22, 2009

It's a Southern Thing!

I made a new breakfast recipe this morning that had my entire family raving! They are begging me to make it again! It was Creamy Cheese Grits from Southern Living magazine.

Yes, I know, you may have never eaten grits if you live above the Mason Dixon line. You may not even think you like grits, which is probably because you don't know how to properly make and serve them. (Hint: you don't put brown sugar and milk on them!!)

I'm telling you that this is one delicious breakfast, and my job is to motivate you to give it a try!!

So, if you don't currently have any in your pantry, go buy a bag of grits. Just get a bag of Quaker Quick Grits. (No Instants Grits, please!!!) It looks like this:

Now, if you know me well, you know that I rarely make a recipe exactly as it is written, so here is the recipe with my adaptations!

Creamy Cheese Grits

5 cups water

1 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups Quaker Quick Grits

2 cups shredded Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese

2 TBSP butter

1/2 cup milk

Bring 5 cups water to a boil.

Add salt.

Pour in grits slowly, stirring with a whisk. (This is essential, or grits will form clumps!)

Reduce heat to medium low and cover with lid (Quickly before the grits start plopping on you!).

Simmer, stirring occasionally for about ten minutes or until thickened.

Stir in butter, cheese, and milk until cheese is melted and mixture is blended.

Serve immediately.

If necessary, keep warm on low heat, stirring occasionally.

*Note -- this recipe serves 6-8, and I doubled all ingredients for my family of 12.

Now, here's a funny story to tell your family while they enjoy their grits, which, by the way, are delicious served with fried or scrambled eggs!

Several weeks ago, my husband and I took our oldest son to LaGrange College for a football recruiting visit. We were joined by several other football recruits and their parents. Now, my son draws a lot of attention, because he is 6'8" tall and about 320 pounds! (And wears a size 16 WIDE shoe!) I'm telling you, he is one HUGE guy! So, finally, this black lady from Atlanta pulls me aside and asks me how tall he is. Then she said the funniest thing -- "What kinda grits have you been feedin' this guy to grow him so big???" :)

Well, now you know!


Rebecca's Refining said...

I can't wait to try your grit recipe! I sure miss my grits! My family doesn't appreciate some of the "finer cooking of the south", so I only buy it on occasion as I am the only one who will eat it. My favorite way to enjoy grits is to smother it in butter, salt, and pepper, and then mix it with egg cooked over-easy. Yummo! I will have to buy some grits this week and try this new variation of an "old favorite"!

busymomof10 said...

Let me know if you need me to send you some!

Kathy - mom of many said...

I'm definitely going to try this. My aunt from South Carolina visited us over Christmas and she's a true grits lover, born and bred in Columbia. She mentioned grits and my poor deprived children said, "What's grits?" So, now I'll have a good recipe to make..thanks.

mamajil said...

Grits are a staple around here!!
sounds like a great recipe...
OH and 16w shoe....WOW!!!
My son and husband wear a 13 and I thought that was big! :)

busymomof10 said...

About the 16W -- yes, those are some BIG shoes! And they come with a BIG price tag, too! Not only that, but it has come to the point that we have to order them online. I just pray his feet don't grow anymore . . .

Neide Colson said...

I learned to lik grits when I lived with you in South Carolina. In fact, that became one of my favorite breakfast food. Too bad we don't have grits in Brazil. Oh, well... I'll just eat a lot of it when I go to the States.

Julie said...

Have you ever tried making them in the Crock Pot? I made some for my Sunday School class and they are AWESOME!

Tara said...

You are right, I am north of you and have never had grits. My neighbor loves them though. I will pass along this to his wife! :)

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