Funky Breakfast Grits

We discovered the awesomeness of grits on our last road trip through the American South. Creamy, buttery cheesy goodness. This will be my second attempt to get my Canadian friends to try this amazing southern staple. Once you have good grits you will be forever sorry that I introduced you to them because they are not waistline friendly. There are no DIET grits.

My last attempt to convince you skeptical Canadians was with Cheesy Grits and Shrimp. I do not understand why, but there are still doubters among you. Maybe you didn’t want to risk the shrimp, I don’t know. So, this time, I’m going to start you off slow and easy. Breakfast grits. Quick, rib sticking, delicious. You can add a side of Canadian bacon or regular bacon, or pour maple syrup over them and pretend you’re not really eating GRITS!

Recently, I came across a recipe for Grits with Corn, Goat Cheese and Roasted Tomatoes on The Kitchn. It reminded me of the creamy wonderfulness we stumbled on at Tomato Jam on a sunny morning in Asheville, North Carolina. This was our first ever time having grits as they were meant to be. Grits that would make any southern momma proud.

I’m going to change The Kitchn recipe up a bit and roast the corn. Then I’m going to fry an egg and put it on top just like they do at Tomato Jam. Try grits, dammit! You are really gonna like them.

Uncle Funky’s Breakfast Grits with Goat Cheese, Fire-roasted Corn and Roasted Tomatoes
Adapted from The Kitchn and Tomato Jam
Serves 4

1 pint cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
1 cup grits (corn meal, polenta)
1 1/2 cups milk
1 1/2 cups water
2 cobs of corn, salted, peppered and rubbed with olive oil
1/4 goat cheese (or cheddar if its your preference, but use more)
1/2 tsp of salt (more if you prefer)
3 tbsp of butter… or more.  This is one instance where more is better. You can’t use too much butter in grits 🙂
4 eggs
Olive oil to drizzle

1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Toss tomatoes in a little olive oil and salt. Spread out in a single layer in a baking pan and roast until a little charred about 40-45 minutes.

2. Turn on grill and roast corn on the cob until a little char appears and corn is slightly cooked, about 7 minutes. Turn to char all over. When cool enough to handle, remove kernels by placing the cob point down in a bowl and using a sharp knife to slice them off neatly.

3. About ten minutes before tomatoes are ready, heat water and milk in a pot until foaming, about to boil. Slowly whisk in grits. Don’t dump them or they will be lumpy. Turn down heat to low and whisk until the grits tighten up. It happens fairly quickly. Continue to whisk for two or three minutes. Add in salt and butter. Taste add more butter and salt if you wish. Then add in cheese, then corn. Mix until all is incorporated and remove from heat. Cover while you fry eggs to keep the grits hot.

4. Fry eggs and place grits in serving bowls. Serve with tomatoes and fried egg on top. Drizzle a little olive oil on top and serve immediately. Ahh, comfort food. You will give up oatmeal and cereal for breakfast.

Click HERE for a printable version of this recipe.


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