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19 Grits Recipes That Will Transport You To The South

Polenta who?

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Grits: a dish of coarsely ground corn kernels boiled with water or milk.

Particularly worshipped in states below the Mason-Dixon Line.

1. Traditional Grits

It's true, grits can be bland on their own. But top with cheese, syrup, or sugar, and watch your worries melt away.
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It's true, grits can be bland on their own. But top with cheese, syrup, or sugar, and watch your worries melt away.

2. Pimento Cheese Grits

When asking a question in the South, cheese is usually the answer.
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When asking a question in the South, cheese is usually the answer.

3. Easy Cheesy Smoked Gouda Grits

Again with the cheese! Are you understanding the Southern food scene yet?
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Again with the cheese! Are you understanding the Southern food scene yet?

4. Shrimp and Grits for One

You don't even have to share!
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You don't even have to share!

5. Garlic Quinoa Grits

Quinoa bumps up the nutrition factor in this updated version of the staple.
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Quinoa bumps up the nutrition factor in this updated version of the staple.

6. Shrimp with Fresh Corn Grits

Fresh, grated corn helps thicken and add rich flavor.
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Fresh, grated corn helps thicken and add rich flavor.

7. Slow Cooker Grits

Take a break from the hustle to match this delicious Southern dish's pace.
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Take a break from the hustle to match this delicious Southern dish's pace.

8. Crawfish and Grits

Crawfish are the baby cousin of the beloved lobster. This dish might leave you with a new preference between them.
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Crawfish are the baby cousin of the beloved lobster. This dish might leave you with a new preference between them.

9. Creamy Cheddar Herb Grits

Play around with different herbs to totally change the flavor of the dish.
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Play around with different herbs to totally change the flavor of the dish.

10. Millet Grits With Goat Cheese and Chives

This totally counts as the green on your plate.
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This totally counts as the green on your plate.

11. Smothered Grits With Jalapeno Sausage and Bacon

The South: where really good food is smothered with more really good food.
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The South: where really good food is smothered with more really good food.

12. Breakfast Souffle of Grits, Cheese, Eggs, and Onions

Feeling fancy? Upgrade those grits to new heights.
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Feeling fancy? Upgrade those grits to new heights.

13. Lemon Garlic Shrimp and Grits

If things are too rich and creamy (is that possible?), lighten it up with lemon.
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If things are too rich and creamy (is that possible?), lighten it up with lemon.

14. Grits Dressing

Dressing isn't just a salad topper in the south, it's an entire dish (that would be stuffing to you Northerners.)
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Dressing isn't just a salad topper in the south, it's an entire dish (that would be stuffing to you Northerners.)

15. Grits With Old-Bay-Frizzled Shallots and Fried Egg

Old Bay seasoning makes the Southern food world go 'round.
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Old Bay seasoning makes the Southern food world go 'round.

16. Savory Big Brunch Grits

Brunch is BIG in the South. Make sure your cast iron skillet is even bigger.
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Brunch is BIG in the South. Make sure your cast iron skillet is even bigger.

17. Easy Louisiana Creole Shrimp and Grits

Even in the midst of the coldest winter, this dish will brighten your day like Southern summer heat.
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Even in the midst of the coldest winter, this dish will brighten your day like Southern summer heat.

18. Smoked Cheddar Grits with Broiled Heirloom Tomatoes

Long live grits (...and cheese).
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Long live grits (...and cheese).

19. Sweet Corn Grits with Berries and Honey

It's a main dish! It's a side! And now, its your sticky-sweet dessert too. Is there anything grits can't do?
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It's a main dish! It's a side! And now, its your sticky-sweet dessert too. Is there anything grits can't do?

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