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Grits…What’s the big deal?

22 Sep

Creole Tomato Grits

So I have to start this off by saying that I am big on trying just about anything.  I am a firm believer that in order to know if you like a food or not, you HAVE to actually taste it first.

Someone please tell me what the big deal is when it comes to grits.  I have tried them on several occasions, and I just don’t get it.  My “beef” with grits is that they have very little to no taste.  They can be manipulated in so many different ways, and you can add just about anything to them. (Examples:  butter, cheese, eggs, ketchup, gravy, shrimp, fish, steak…The list goes on.) They can even be eaten for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. What is it that makes people go crazy over them?  Is it taste or tradition?

I have had countless conversations with several of my friends that really enjoy grits.  I guess that I should state the obvious that many of them are of Southern United States decent, where grits is probably the most popular kitchen staple.

Though I am not a fan of grits at all, I feel the need to keep on giving it a try in hopes that I will find a combination that will be appeasing to my taste buds.

This is just one of my general rants.

I’d like to hear what you have to say about this. Weigh in please.

Here are some Grit variations that give me the motivation to keep on trying…

Georgia Shrimp and Grits.

Grits with Gouda Cheese

Rockfish and Grit Cakes

Artichoke and Cheesy Grits

Green Chile Cheese Grits

Shrimp Andouille Grits

Summertime Cheese Grits with Vegetables

Mmm take a bite out of that!

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5 Responses to “Grits…What’s the big deal?”

  1. Chris Whann September 22, 2011 at 3:25 am #

    I like grits, for some of the reasons you don’t find them so exciting. You can do a lot with them. I lived for a while in Lesotho, Southern Africa , where people eat a lot of maize meal porridge (like a white corn polenta, more or less), and I came to love the corn based dishes there. My favorite is cheddar cheese grits, but I do like others as well. Your variations look terrific!

    • Hershey September 22, 2011 at 3:45 am #

      I do love cornmeal porridge, ALOT! But for some reason I just can’t seem to get with grits. I have also only had it as a breakfast dish. I mean I guess that I can say the same for rice and bread. But I guess that I just have this personal thing against grits. LOL I haven’t given up on trying it though. There is hope!

  2. simplystudded September 22, 2011 at 3:10 pm #

    Well Hershey as you know I Loves Me Some Grits!!! Especially with some cheese and butter.. Hmmmmmm Breakfast anyone?

  3. Cerez Grant October 10, 2011 at 1:17 am #

    May be you should have a grits potluck and everyone brings a diffrent variation of grits and see if you fall in love with any of the dishes.

    • Hershey October 10, 2011 at 4:18 am #

      Hmm, I am not too sure about a potluck. I think that I am already all gritsed out. LOL

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