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Who Likes Grits?

Wed Mar 08, 2006 4:55 pm

I should be sleeping but I came across this little nugget.

http://www.boston.com/ae/food/articl...ing_grits_for_the_northern_palate/

It seems that the Southern delicacy of grits are making their way northward. Perhaps we can teach those Yankees what some real food is now.

How do you all like your grits?

I go for salt and some butter. Maybe cheese every once in a while.

My out-laws (damn! I meant in-laws) put sugar on theirs. Blasphemy!
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RE: Who Likes Grits?

Wed Mar 08, 2006 5:36 pm

Love 'em, but its pretty rare that I have them. Salt, butter and a fried egg on top. Yum!
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RE: Who Likes Grits?

Thu Mar 09, 2006 3:04 am

Quoting DeltaGator (Thread starter):
I go for salt and some butter. Maybe cheese every once in a while.

I'm of the salt and butter school myself.....Just love the stuff and keep a box of it in my pantry for good ol' American comfort food.

(Also, I never serve polenta without reminding everyone it's really just Grits!)
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RE: Who Likes Grits?

Thu Mar 09, 2006 3:12 am

I wish more places served them. Rare here in Chicago.
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RE: Who Likes Grits?

Thu Mar 09, 2006 3:24 am

I love them with salt and butter, but I haven't had them in forever. Even though OK is in the South, there aren't many restuarants that serve them, and the popularity of grits sort of left with my grandparents generation here. The only person who has ever cooked grits for me is my grandmother.

Question: Are grits and Malto-Meal the same thing?

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RE: Who Likes Grits?

Thu Mar 09, 2006 3:26 am

how do they taste with absolutely nothing on them?

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RE: Who Likes Grits?

Thu Mar 09, 2006 3:30 am

Quoting UAL747 (Reply 4):
Question: Are grits and Malto-Meal the same thing?

Nope. Malt-O-Meal is made from wheat comparably to the Yankee abomination that is Cream of Wheat.

Quoting YooYoo (Reply 5):
how do they taste with absolutely nothing on them?

Kind of like corn since that is where they come from.
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RE: Who Likes Grits?

Thu Mar 09, 2006 3:39 am

To quote Joe Pesci, "What is a grit?"






YUk...none for me thanks....  Wink
 
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RE: Who Likes Grits?

Thu Mar 09, 2006 3:51 am

Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 6):
Kind of like corn since that is where they come from.

kind of?....you don't sound too convincing that it tastes like anything in particular.

So, wouldn't it be like adding sugar or salt to a plate of paper mache (sp/)?  Wink

I would try it, probably on the sweet end of the spectrum. It sort of reminds me of something my mom makes me..."griessbrei" i usually put brown sugar on top and watch it melt...yummy.
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RE: Who Likes Grits?

Thu Mar 09, 2006 4:11 am

Quoting UAL747 (Reply 4):
Question: Are grits and Malto-Meal the same thing?

Haven't a clue what Malto-Meal is, buts grits are (this gets complicated) ground Hominy which is corn which has been soaked in lye (and rinsed... obviously.... folks in the South are not stupid they just play it on TV!)... dried and ground up! Thus, Grits!...sometimes referred to as "Hominy Grits"

Quoting YooYoo (Reply 5):
how do they taste with absolutely nothing on them?



Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 6):
Kind of like corn since that is where they come from.

You beat me to it DeltaGator!..... They taste like corn, sort of bland and delicious.... but grits are one of those foods just begging for stuff on top.
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RE: Who Likes Grits?

Thu Mar 09, 2006 4:31 am

Quoting DeltaGator (Thread starter):
How do you all like your grits?

Salt, Pepper, Butter. Not too runny . . . hate runny grits. And to hell with Instant Grits too . . . gotta be the real thing.

Cheesy grits are ok, but I usually only eat them at Breakfast.

Quoting Msllsmith (Reply 9):
(and rinsed... obviously.... folks in the South are not stupid they just play it on TV!

 Wow!

Say it ain't so . . .

Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 6):
Kind of like corn since that is where they come from.

Bland as hell . . . .
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RE: Who Likes Grits?

Thu Mar 09, 2006 4:40 am

Quoting Msllsmith (Reply 9):
sort of bland



Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 10):
Bland as hell

Wow! now i know what all the rave is about  confused 
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RE: Who Likes Grits?

Thu Mar 09, 2006 4:43 am

I completely forgot pepper. Salt, pepper, and butter for me to cover up the blandness they have without it.

Shrimp and Grits...one of my favorite Southern dishes.

Quoting Msllsmith (Reply 9):
folks in the South are not stupid they just play it on TV!

That way you have low expectations of us and then we can sneak up on you. Momma didn't raise no dummies!
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RE: Who Likes Grits?

Thu Mar 09, 2006 4:54 am

I've only tried grits once with just salt and pepper. Hot sauce sounds like a good thing to try too.
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RE: Who Likes Grits?

Thu Mar 09, 2006 4:56 am

Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 12):
That way you have low expectations of us and then we can sneak up on you. Momma didn't raise no dummies!

Delta Honey! I come from a mixed marriage..... Northern Republican and a Southern Democrat..... My Southern Momma did her best to keep us smart.
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RE: Who Likes Grits?

Thu Mar 09, 2006 5:07 am

Yum yum. Out here in foodie paradise (northern California) grits ain't happening...but I just got back from NC and managed grits at every breakfast. And ANC is right: not runny and NOT instant. A little salt, a little butter...or redeye gravy...
 
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RE: Who Likes Grits?

Thu Mar 09, 2006 5:15 am

Quoting Maury (Reply 15):
redeye gravy...

Mmmm....I can't wait until the wheels lift off at SFO this Saturday morning. Back home for some good food.
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RE: Who Likes Grits?

Fri Mar 10, 2006 5:42 am

what you folk are describing sounds like mieliepap (corn) which is cooked in SA in a variety of ways, putupap (the way the zulu's do it, drier and coarser or stywepap (the way most Afrikaners do it) well at least here in Gauteng. In any case it is very lekker (tasty) when served at a braai (BBQ) in a bake, cheese sauce, bacon, mushrooms, tomato and sweet corn.

Here is the recipe taken from www.funkymunky.co.za. Add some bacon!
Pap and Cheese Bake

Pap aka mieliepap, maize meal porridge, putupap etc.

Maize meal is arguably the staple food for most of the population of Africa. Apart from making a delicious breakfast porridge it has now also taken its place in our outdoor cooking culture and is a firm favourite at a bbq in various forms, from stywe pap (cooked to a well set stiff dish) to krummelpap (a crumbly texture.) Add a tomato and onion sauce spiced up with a dash of tobasco and you have a side dish fit for a king.

1.2 litres water (1 1/2 pints)
5 ml salt
300 gram mealie (maize) meal (500 ml)
30-50 ml butter
200 gram cheddar cheese (500 ml)
2 tomatoes, sliced
1 ml black pepper
5 ml dried or 15 ml chopped fresh origanum
15 ml grated parmesan cheese
2 eggs, beaten
250 ml milk
3 ml salt or seasoning salt

Bring the water and salt to the boil. Add the mealie meal mixing well. Cover with the lid and simmer for 20-30 minutes until done. Stir in the butter and half the cheese. Using a wooden spoon, press half the hot pap into a greased 20 cm X 20 cm ovenproof dish. Arrange half the tomato slices on top and season with pepper and origanum. Cover with the remaining pap and spread evenly. Sprinkle the remaining cheddar cheese and the parmesan over. Beat the eggs, milk and salt together and pour over the pap.
Bake at 180ºC for 80 minutes or until the egg mixture has set. Arrange the remaining tomato slices on top 20 minutes before baking time expires. Serve hot.

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RE: Who Likes Grits?

Fri Mar 10, 2006 5:54 am

Quoting DeltaGator (Thread starter):

It seems that the Southern delicacy of grits are making their way northward. Perhaps we can teach those Yankees what some real food is now.

Bobby Flay is a native New Yorker and is a definite champion of the humble grits.

Quoting DeltaGator (Thread starter):

My out-laws (damn! I meant in-laws) put sugar on theirs. Blasphemy!

I once had to chide a buddy of mine for doing the same thing one night @ Waffle House. He was from Indiana originally (Part of the Cream of Wheat Belt), so he wasn't trained properly.


I put salt, pepper, butter, and cheese on my grits. I've been known to occassionally put old fashioned sawmill gravy on them instead of cheese.
 
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RE: Who Likes Grits?

Fri Mar 10, 2006 5:56 am

From the movie My Cousin Vinny

"How do you like you grits? Regular? Creamy? or aldente?"

"How could it take you five minutes to cook your grits when it takes the entire grit-eating world 20 minutes?"

"Sure, sure I heard of grits. I've just never actually SEEN a grit before"
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RE: Who Likes Grits?

Fri Mar 10, 2006 6:05 am

Quoting UAL747 (Reply 4):
Even though OK is in the South,

OK is definately not in the south.
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RE: Who Likes Grits?

Fri Mar 10, 2006 6:41 am

I tried it on my most recent trip to visit my dad in MS, tasted like wallpaper paste... on the other hand, I heard 'grits' sometimes stands for 'girls raised in the south', heh...those I might like better when I come out in september.  spin 
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RE: Who Likes Grits?

Fri Mar 10, 2006 6:54 am

Depends how they're presented.

If they're called polenta, suddenly they're european and they're OK.

You can use about half hominy grits and half corn grits, cook, chill, slice and fry in a bit of olive oil or bacon grease-then salt and pepper. Yummmm!
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RE: Who Likes Grits?

Fri Mar 10, 2006 6:58 am

Oh man! I love grits! Real grits only though, not the instant stuff.
Butter and salt and rarely a little bit of cream cheese in it. MMMMMMMMM!
I do like the occassional bowl of cheese grits too. Wow! I really wish I had a bowl of cheese grits right about now.


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RE: Who Likes Grits?

Fri Mar 10, 2006 7:56 am

Usually my grits have to be drowned in something... either butter or brown sugar. But if I'm in a rush and I need something to fill my stomach, I will eat them plain.
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RE: Who Likes Grits?

Fri Mar 10, 2006 9:18 am

Lewis Grizzard, who wrote for the Atlanta Constitution, had the definitive description/explanation of grits in a column in the paper. It was reproduced in his hilarious book "Don't sit under the grits tree with anyone else but me". I believe the actual intended use of this product is for patching roads, but some people will eat just about anything, with or without salt, pepper, hot sauce, gravy, sugar or even maple syrup.
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RE: Who Likes Grits?

Fri Mar 10, 2006 11:26 am

Anyone got a pic of some grits? Always wondered how they look
 
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RE: Who Likes Grits?

Fri Mar 10, 2006 11:30 am

Quoting N1120A (Reply 20):
OK is definately not in the south.

There are a bunch of Okies that would challenge your statement. Granted, it's not in the "old south" with the likes of plantations etc., but definitely south of the Mason-Dixon line. And Southern food abounds in the kitchens of our grandmothers.

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RE: Who Likes Grits?

Fri Mar 10, 2006 11:35 am

im from south and actually prefer hashbrowns.........

but for those who dont know what they look like , its kinda like gooey mashed potatoes as shown below.

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RE: Who Likes Grits?

Fri Mar 10, 2006 11:38 am

Grits taste like liquid sand. Hate em!
 
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RE: Who Likes Grits?

Fri Mar 10, 2006 11:51 am

Being a transplanted Yankee, on the rare occasions when I eat breakfast out (in a Waffle House or similar), I treat them as a modified Cream of Wheat and use sugar and milk...yes, I realize that's not right...but it's the way I like em...as it's the way I eat C of W...and I have a large bowl too...
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RE: Who Likes Grits?

Fri Mar 10, 2006 12:36 pm

Quoting UAL747 (Reply 27):
Quoting N1120A (Reply 20):
OK is definately not in the south.

There are a bunch of Okies that would challenge your statement. Granted, it's not in the "old south" with the likes of plantations etc., but definitely south of the Mason-Dixon line. And Southern food abounds in the kitchens of our grandmothers.

UAL

Oklahoma is entirely in a class by itself. I lived in Fayetteville Arkansas and every time I could find an excuse I'd head over the line. The people are absolutely the most likeable, everyday folks you'll ever find. Best barbecue to be found, too.

Hell, anywhere they go noodlin' for catfish has got to have good people, right?

When folks over in Arkansas were going to go over around Tahlequah they'd say "I'm fixing to go up into the Nation" meaning the Cherokee Nation, is what.

Got friends from down in Idabell too.
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RE: Who Likes Grits?

Fri Mar 10, 2006 2:09 pm

Quoting Dougloid (Reply 31):
Oklahoma is entirely in a class by itself. I lived in Fayetteville Arkansas and every time I could find an excuse I'd head over the line. The people are absolutely the most likeable, everyday folks you'll ever find.

Oklahoma is OK by me! I've always had a good time there. Even when I got kicked out of Eskimo Joes in Stillwater and went to the biker nudie bar "Baby Does" in Ponca City.

Quoting Dougloid (Reply 31):
Best barbecue to be found, too.

Good but I'd debate the best. Everyone thinks theirs is the best. That said, in all my travels I've brought back BBQ recipes and ideas from everywhere. I set out quite the spread when I fire up the smoker rig at home.

Texas/Oklahoma-beef brisket & hot links
Kansas City-Sauce sweet enough to frost a cake
Georgia/South Carolina-Mustard based yellow sauce
Kentucky-Mutton
Alabama-Mayo based white sauce
North Carolina-Western style with more tomato based sauce than the weird vinegar based Eastern NC stuff.

But enough about BBQ. That's for a different thread.

Quoting Dougloid (Reply 31):
Hell, anywhere they go noodlin' for catfish has got to have good people, right?

Went fishing outside of Stillwater with the owners of Oklahoma Joes BBQ Company. Good times!
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RE: Who Likes Grits?

Fri Mar 10, 2006 2:10 pm

Tried 'em once, that was enough. Not great, not bad....

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RE: Who Likes Grits?

Fri Mar 10, 2006 2:54 pm

Salt and butter works for me. Although it's easier to find a polar bear in texas than it is to find grits in Canada. Oh well, instant grits work just fine for breakfast.

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RE: Who Likes Grits?

Sat Mar 11, 2006 12:22 am

Quoting UAL747 (Reply 27):
Quoting N1120A (Reply 20):
OK is definately not in the south.

There are a bunch of Okies that would challenge your statement. Granted, it's not in the "old south" with the likes of plantations etc., but definitely south of the Mason-Dixon line. And Southern food abounds in the kitchens of our grandmothers.

Half of me is from Bartlesville, OK..... tell them they're not from the south! My grandmother served grits, my mother served grits and on occasion I serve grits! I think the deal with OK is its where their family comes from that counts. If they 'emigrated' from the Old South, then they're from the South.

ps....that South African recipe sounds like a keeper
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