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What Makes Good Grits

Why are grits so popular? They’re simply good eating. Most folks enjoy them seasoned with salt, pepper, and butter as part of a hearty country breakfast. However, in South Carolina it varies a bit: Shrimp, diced onions, and green peppers are cooked in bacon drippings, and then flour and broth are stirred in to make a gravy, which is spooned over steaming hot grits.

What Are Grits?

Grits are coarsely ground corn meal. White grits made from white corn are the most familiar; however, yellow grits made from yellow corn also are available. Whole ground grits are made by grinding the whole corn kernel, including the bran, germ, and hard, starchy endosperm. Quick and regular grits, the two most popular types, cook much more quickly. They're made by tempering dried corn, removing the brand and germ, and then grinding the hard, starchy endosperm. Instant grits are cooked and dehydrated before packaging and are prepared by adding hot water.