We all remember Flo from Mel’s Diner, giving that sarcastic look to Mel and saying, “Mel, kiss my grits!” Well, maybe not all of you remember the 70’s TV sitcom “Alice” and I’m just showing my age, but just like Flo, I would look at my mom like that when she would make those disgusting grits. “Are you kidding me? I’m not eating those things. They’re gross!!” To make a long story short I hated them.
Well thank God I grew up and met Steph! She’s taught me to have an open mind and try new things and old things over again, even if I hated them as a kid. That our taste buds change just like our lives change over time. She was so right!!
Grits, you know, the little grains of corn kind, (not the Girls Raised In The South kind), were first created by the Native Americans and have been a southern comfort food for hundreds of years. Corn is fed into a mill where it is ground down into the the fine grains you buy at the store. If you want to see first hand how grits are made, load up the family and head to Falls Mill in Belvidere, Tennessee.
It’s a beautiful drive and place to visit. They have a water powered mill and museum where you can see the actual process of milling corn to grits and don’t forget to pack a picnic basket and take the trail down to the falls to enjoy the serenity surrounding you.
How I grew to love grits was through Steph. We went out to dinner one night and as we were looking through the menu she mentioned with much excitement they served shrimp and grits. I love shrimp, but was a little reluctant to order something with grits in the title. Steph went into great detail the list of ingredients included in this dish and remembering what she had told me about trying things again, I decided to order it. The way she described how delicious it was and that it had my favorite ingredient of all in it, BACON, may have persuaded me a little too!!
Again, my sweet girl, was totally spot on!! I opened my mind up to trying grits again and oh my it was amazing! Now, everywhere Steph and I go to eat, I always look for grits on the menu. There are so many ways of eating them too! Not to sound like Benjamin Buford Blue from Forest Gump, but there are plain grits, buttered grits, cheddar cheese grits, blue cheese grits, shrimp and grits, waffled grits, grits quiche, gumbo over grits… The list goes on and on!
Grits aren’t just for breakfast anymore. They are a staple food of our southern culture that we are seeing pop up everywhere, from a little white bowl of grits with a pat of butter at your local Waffle House to the main attraction at the finest restaurants around, grits are a hot item!!
Have you experienced a life changing grits recipe or just have a recipe or story you would like to share? We would love to hear it!! If not, well you can Kiss My Grits!! Haha!
Have a wonderful day Y’all!!