By Connie K on May 01, 2004
Photo by Sue Lau
Photo by Sue Lau
"Hubby says these grits are fit for a Southern Tea Room. No higher compliment than that! It is not a mistake to use quick cooking grits, and cook them for almost half an hour. These grits have body!"
Serving Size: 1 (249 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 4
"Having been a grits eating/cooking Southerner all my life, I can tell you the recipe as written (using 'quick' grits) does not have enough liquid in it. The proportions for quick-cooking grits are 4:1 (4 cups H2O to 1 cup grits) for 6 servings. This may be the source of some of the problems listed in the comments regarding having to add more liquid for longer cooking times. BTW, one NEVER adds sugar to grits. Sugar is for oatmeal and/or cream of wheat, NOT grits. Grits is a savory dish, not a hot cereal. just sayin' :)"
"This is word for word, instructions and ingredients, Paula Deen's recipe! I've been making them for more than 10 years, the best grits I've ever had. easy and fool proof."
"I feel bad giving this recipe such a low rating, but the stated liquid amounts are all wrong. In my experience, and I have prepared this recipe every Sunday morning for nearly two years, one must double the amount of liquid (both milk and water) stated in the recipe to get a batch of authentic Southern-style grits (I'm a born-and-bred Southerner, though I've been transplanted to the west coast :) ). It also helps to use a heaping teaspoon of salt, to compensate for the increased amount of liquid. <br/><br/>Incidentally, I agree with what other Southern reviewers have said about grits being a savory, not sweet, dish. I believe in live and let live, so I won't tell you how to eat your grits, but if you want the real deal, make them as I have described above. This method of preparation turned my Canadian boyfriend into a grits addict, and it'll make you a true believer, too!"
"Absolutely wonderful! Just got done eating supper. Never made grits before. I have been a fan but I usually only got them for breakfast and even though one of you said you never ever put milk and sugar on them, that is how I ate them. Like cream of wheat or farina. I know plenty of other people who eats them like that too. However, I was looking for something as a base on my plate for my homemade chili (actually just made a recipe up tonight for it and I will post it here, as it was really good). Well let me tell ya, the grits turned out so very very creamy. I took the suggestion of the other posts and decided to not fool around with the liguid in spurts. It sounded like it would need quite abit more and one person said about 1/2 cup more so after the initial boil down and they thickened some, I added the 1/2 cup of milk. After that I didn't have to add any more. They were just amazing! I put them on my plate and added my chili on top. Perfect! I usually use rice under my chili but rice has been messing with my stomach lately and I don't care for brown rice. This worked. Guys, if you haven't tried these you absolutely have to. Can't wait to make them for my daughter and her crew. They will love them! Thanks Connie!"
"Really good recipe. As already pointed out by others, needed to add water as they cooked. Being from the north, I didn't discover grits until I was grown up. I have been using the instant brand but these are so much creamier and better! I like mine with sugar and butter."
"Really good recipe for grits. I've made these a couple of times now and the whole family will eat them. That's pretty uncommon! Last time I made this, I added some bacon crumbles right before serving. My 7 year old daughter said they "were the best grits in the world"! High praise, indeed! I do add a little extra liquid, maybe a half cup, because I like them a little extra creamy and slightly less thick. And sometimes I serve them with soft boiled eggs on the side."
"My first time ever making (or even eating!) grits. We all loved them (7 members in our family), even my hubby who has eaten grits before and liked them. Thanks for the recipe and I will be making them again!"
"This was awesome. We went to a restaurant in Kissimmee, Fl while on vacation and then went back again because I loved their grits. These are just as good if not better. They are so creamy with the addition of milk. I too had to add water from time to time as I cooked them. Thanks for sharing your recipe. I will be making grits this way from now on."
"OMG these grits are beyond delicious! Being a New Yorker, I had never had grits before. I saw them in the store one day and decided I would try them. I was thrilled to find this simple recipe! I use skim milk, and only top with a bit of butter on individual servings rather than stir it in...but they are truly delicious. I'm sure they're even better with more butter, but I prefer to keep things as healthy as possible. I make these all the time now, perfect recipe!"
"Having never had grits before, I don't know how I'd rate these on a grit scale. But I thought this was some of the most delicious stuff I've eaten in a while. Its rich simplicity makes it seem very versatile. I loved it savory (and next time with cheddar!!) but the rest of my family added some sugar."
"yet another perfect morning with the world's best grits. what would i do without this fantastic recipe?!? march 11: best grits, hands down. i didn't even need the extra pat of butter on top, just some freshly ground black pepper. this will cut down my breakfasting out quite a bit. thank you for sharing this amazing recipe!"
"I used more water instead of milk. Always daunted to make grits myself - but these were great! Thanks!"
"I worked at a Waffle House in GA for a week when I went to visit relatives (they all worked there so...when in rome) I'd never had grits, but after working there I never wanted them again! They were either like soup or spackle and everyone seemed to LOVE them. So naturally I thought that was how they were supposed to be. The other day my boyfriend was talking about them and told me " I just didn't know how to make them right" hehe.. well...ok then. I went out and bought a box and came to Zaar. These are really good! I really enjoyed them and can honestly say I'm a convert! They were the consistency of thick cream of wheat within 5 minutes though. I tried to cook them longer, but after 10 they were starting to get to thick so I stopped. The taste is great and my DBF was mightily suprised. Thank you Connie. I'll make them again just this way many times!"
"Wow, now I see why these have so many 5-star reviews. They're terrific; nice & creamy, and with a smooth texture. We all loved these, Connie!"
"Just like Mama's."
"These were very good, however not the flavor/texture of Waffle House. The extra cooking time makes them alot better! Thanks!!"
"So so so good. Exactly what I was looking for. Very creamy and excellent reheated with a bit of milk in the microwave. I agree with another reviewer: eat these with a bit of butter and maple syrup. Way better than oatmeal! Thank you so much for the recipe!"
"All I can say is I will Never Ever make grits any other way again. Superb! Creamy and delicious. A must have for a truly memorable Southern breakfast."
"My husband loves the grits at Waffle house but we are not southerners and I didn't know how to make them. Thank you for this recipe, he likes them as much as the waffle house!"
"Great basic recipe here. I had along with (believe it or not) butter and maple syrup on top for breakfast this morning along with some maple flavored sausage. Absolutely DELICIOUS!"