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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

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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

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

    3. Easy Cheesy Smoked Gouda Grits

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

    4. Shrimp and Grits for One

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    You don't even have to share!

    5. Garlic Quinoa Grits

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

    6. Shrimp with Fresh Corn Grits

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    Fresh, grated corn helps thicken and add rich flavor.

    7. Slow Cooker Grits

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

    8. Crawfish and Grits

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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

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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

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    This totally counts as the green on your plate.

    11. Smothered Grits With Jalapeno Sausage and Bacon

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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

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    Feeling fancy? Upgrade those grits to new heights.

    13. Lemon Garlic Shrimp and Grits

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

    14. Grits Dressing

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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

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

    16. Savory Big Brunch Grits

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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

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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

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    Long live grits (...and cheese).

    19. Sweet Corn Grits with Berries and Honey

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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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