Thursday, August 13, 2009

Charleston Grits, True Comfort Food for a Southerner

A dear friend recently visited family in Charleston, S.C., and enjoyed the best grits of her life at a Charleston restuarant. The grits were served as a side to a glorious dinner, not breakfast. The restaurant (the name of which is lost), generously shared their grits recipe with Shari, and I gobbled up these grits at a dinner in her home. Ahh, friends sharing recipes. That's the nature of our blog,
Guests traveling from California, visiting a number of southern states, called their trip the "Grits Tour". Celebrating the best of the south, here's a terrific grits recipe.
I'm not a natural southern cook, but I can learn for these great recipes!


2 cups heavy cream
2 cups water
1/4 pound butter
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
1 cup quick grits


Bring cream and water to boil. Add butter, salt and pepper. Slowly add grits and reduce heat. Cook 20 minutes; be careful not to scorch mixture. Serve with breakfast or dinner as a potato or rice replacement.

Lookout Point Lakeside Inn
Kristie Rosset
Bed and Breakfast Foodie
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  1. When I think of grits I remember a chef at an innkeeping conference by the name of Jon Emmanuel, who poured the grits into a form, chilled them, unmolded them and then browned them in butter. He demoed these served with a poached egg, roasted peppers and tomatoes on top. Amazing. The grits recipe is almost the same as Kristie's so I think it would adapt well. I haven't made this in years but I can tell you it will be on the menu next week!

  2. A true southern cook would never serve 'quick' grits to her guests. :O Real grits should be made with real stone ground corn or hominy.

  3. As Yvonne of the White Oak Inn so correctly reminded me, this is a great line from the movie Cousin Vinnie. I thought about changing the recipe from quick to the hominy grits, but the dish tastes divine and I couldn't argue with the results. Maybe living in the north (Canada is definitely north) for a few years ruined this southern girl. Ha!