How many Allnurses folks like to eat grits?
As a kid growing up, I did not like grits at all. My mom is from south Georgia, and my dad is from Ohio. Strangely enough, mom hates grits, while dad loves them!
I think one reason that I despised grits growing up is that nearly all "store bought" grits are garbage. They're typically made from corn that has had the hull, bran, and germ removed. This may be great for a longer shelf life, but the final product has a bland flavor and a sticky/gummy texture.
About 6 years ago, I tried some yellow corn grits made in north GA by Nora Mill Granary (Helen, GA). This place is about an hour from my parents' home, and they make their grits using a water-driven stone mill (circa 1876 or thereabouts). The yellow grits I get from them are nice & coarse - not the fine "corn meal" stuff you find in most stores.
The cooked grits have a nice corn flavor.
My normal recipe for grits is to add 1 cup of grits to 3 cups boiling water, add a teaspoon or so of salt and about a tablespoon of butter. Stir, then cover & cook over low heat for 20 minutes (stirring occasionally). You can also add a handful of shredded cheddar cheese near the end of the cooking time for cheese grits.
My family loves Bobby Flay's shrimp & grits recipe ( http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/b...ipe/index.html
If you want to try "real" grits, and don't live near a mill, you might want to visit Nora Mill's website ( www.noramill.com
Aug 10, '12
I copy how my Texas Grandma made tamale pie:
Sauté 1 large chopped onion, a bell pepper, 2 or 3 crushed or finely chopped garlic cloves and hotter pepper (if you like) in just enough oil.
Then add 3 medium chopped tomatoes (sometimes I use canned), 1 Tbsp chili powder, shelled corn kernels or canned corn, and a cup or more of cooked pinto, kidney, or black beans. Grandma used leftover roast beef or cooked hamburger meat with the onions, peppers, and garlic. I use more beans because I don’t eat meat anymore.
Then measure 2 cups of water and get it boiling. Then stir in 1 tsp chili powder. Meanwhile measure 1/2 cup of cold water and stir in ½ cup of whole grain corn meal. Mix it real good and then slowly add the corn meal mixture to the boiling water stirring constantly for five minutes.
Grandma greased the baking dish, I use cooking spray. Then add the 1st mixture.
Lots of people add chopped or sliced black olives and/or grated cheese on top. Then cover it all with the corn meal. Bake at 350 F about 20 minutes.
I’ve had tamale pie with Jiffy cornbread mix baked on top. Not as good.
Once I watched a neighbor just sprinkle corn meal over the top and then pour boiling water. It was GOOD!
Last edit by herring_RN on Aug 10, '12
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