True Grits: 5 Formulas for the Ultimate Southern Side


"There are instant grits, but no self-respecting Southerner would eat them, unless they're at a roadside place or something," says four-time James Beard Award–winning cookbook writer Nathalie Dupree. Aside from her comprehensive Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking, Dupree literally wrote the book on grits (that would be Shrimp and Grits). Along with bitter greens and corn bread, grits are one of the most iconic Southern sides. Although they're traditionally a breakfast food, simply dressed with butter and eaten with bacon and eggs, grits are a blank canvas that can take on a whole host of sweet and savory flavors.


So what exactly are grits? They're ground corn, though the resulting cornmeal can vary in texture—sometimes you'll get them with the kernel, sometimes without. Dupree prefers coarser stone-ground versions like Anson Mills and Geechie Boy Mill, which maintain more of the corn flavor. Some chefs recommend... Read more >

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Recipe Roundup: December 2, 2011

collard greens

The blogosphere’s sprawling universe of recipes is inspiring, diverse, and—let’s face it—a bit daunting. Our recipe roundup does all the heavy sifting to single out recent, mouthwatering recipes from our favorite blogs. All you have to do is click and cook! Green Grits [SE] In this recipe from Andrew Carmellini’s cookbook, American Flavor, a Southern classic gets spicy in the company of cilantro, chilies, and onions. Lamingtons [David Lebovitz] After a recent trip to Australia, David Lebovitz offers a recipe for Lamingtons,

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Eat this Word: Hominy

hominyWHAT? Indigenous edible. This venerable grain is in fact dried corn kernels that have been processed with an alkali—traditionally a lye or limewater solution—to remove their tough outer skins. Its consumption dates back to ancient Mesopotamian cultures; in her book Crazy for Corn, Betty Fussell referred to hominy as “the world’s oldest chemically processed food.” Hominy was a staple of the Native American diet, and vestiges of its past can be found in Mexican soups and stews like menudo and posole. Its most common contemporary American iteration is as grits, the Southern staple in which dry hominy is ground, simmered over slow heat, and served with butter and cream in either savory or sweet variations. WHEN? Marc Dunham’s Beard House dinner WHERE?

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Eye Candy: Grits, with the Volume on High

Blackberry Farm gritsAt last Saturday's Beard House dinner, chef Adam Cooke of the Barn at Blackberry Farm served these raw sheep’s milk cooked–Anson Mills grits, topped with an unctuous egg yolk, earthy Tennessee black truffles, and ham hock consommé jelly. (Doesn't this sound perfect for a blustery winter day?) Check out more photos from his farm-to-table tasting here. (Photo by Philip Gross)

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