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Hey y'all! If you're looking to make delicious, homemade grits from scratch using cornmeal, you've come to the right place! I'm here to guide you through the process step by step, so you can enjoy a taste of the South right in your own kitchen.
To start, you'll need a few simple ingredients:
- 1 cup of stone-ground cornmeal
- 4 cups of water
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- Optional: butter, cheese, or other toppings for flavor
Now, let's get cooking!
1. In a medium-sized saucepan, bring the water to a boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling, reduce the heat to low.
2. Slowly pour the cornmeal into the simmering water, stirring constantly with a whisk or wooden spoon. This will help prevent lumps from forming.
3. Add the salt to the pot and continue stirring. The grits will start to thicken as they cook.
4. Cook the grits over low heat, stirring frequently, for about 20-25 minutes. The longer you cook them, the creamier they will become. If the mixture becomes too thick, you can add a little more water to achieve your desired consistency.
5. Once the grits have reached your desired thickness, remove the pot from the heat. At this point, you can add butter, cheese, or any other toppings you like to enhance the flavor. Stir well to incorporate the toppings.
6. Serve the grits hot and enjoy! They make a perfect side dish for breakfast, brunch, or even as a comforting dinner option.
Now that you know the basics of making grits from scratch using cornmeal, you can get creative with your toppings and flavors. Try adding crispy bacon, sautéed shrimp, or even a fried egg on top for a hearty Southern meal.
Remember, practice makes perfect, so don't be discouraged if your first batch isn't exactly how you envisioned it. With a little patience and experimentation, you'll soon be whipping up a bowl of creamy, homemade grits that would make any Southerner proud.
For more Southern cooking inspiration and recipes, be sure to check out our website, Grits N Grace. We have a treasure trove of delicious dishes, home decor ideas, and much more to help you embrace the charm and grace of Southern living.
Happy cooking, y'all!