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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Great Balls of Grits!

This is my favorite way to eat grits...buttery and crunchy, they're absolutely delicious!  Show dad he rocks on Father's Day and serve him his favorite omelette along with these...

                                               Great Balls of Grits!

Serves about 6

  • 5 c. water
  • 1 c. old fashioned grits
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 4 TB butter with salt (1/2 stick), room temperature  - cut into chunks
For The Skillet
Butter-flavored cooking spray
Approx. 6 TB butter with salt, divided

The Grits
Bring water to a brisk boil in a medium saucepan.  Slowly stir in the grits and salt.  Reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered until thickened (about 15-20 minutes), stirring often.  Remove from the stove and immediately stir in the 4 TB of butter.   Refrigerate overnight.

The Grits Balls
  1. Use a medium ice cream scoop to shape the grits into balls...set aside or freeze (keeping the balls separated) one layer at a time.  (The grits balls can be cooked frozen.)
  2. Spray a large, non-stick skillet with the butter-flavored cooking spray.  Add 4 TB of the butter to the pan and melt over medium heat.  Keeping them separated, add the grits balls to the pan.  Flatten the balls a little into patties with a silicone spatula as you go, keeping the round shape best as possible, and cook until the butter is absorbed (about 15 minutes). 
  3. Carefully flip the patties with the spatula and add 2 more TB of butter to the pan.  Saute another approximate 15 minutes, or until golden brown each side.  Serve warm.
(I doubt you'll have any, but leftovers can be kept in the fridge about one week:  just reheat in a non-stick skillet sprayed with a butter-flavored cooking spray.)
Include these on a Father's Day brunch buffet for a real conversation item!  See the bottom of this link for a yummy omelette suggestion.  (They also make a great side dish for any meal!)

  Grits Fun Facts
Here's a photo taken a couple of months back of my grandchildren with their dad...he's the best!

                                             Enjoy Father's Day!

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  1. Wow -- this looks like a great way to eat grits since I really can't eat them in their original state. I'm going to try this soon!

  2. thanks for this post! Being a Canadian we do not eat grits much and I have never seen them prepared this way. I am very interested in trying these. they look great!

  3. Everything tastes better fried! Perfect for Father's Day :)

  4. Yum! What a great way to eat grits! Thank you for sharing. I want to give these a try soon.

  5. I bought some old fashioned grits last year, since then it was piled in the freezer... But now I know what I'm going to do with my "one year old" frozen frits :0 Thanks for the inspiration.

  6. Forgot to say that your grandchildren are both absolutely adorable :) What a sweet photo!

  7. grits are not common in Canada but I enjoy them when in the States! - Just want to let you know that I nominated you for an award for Excellence in storytelling at

    1. That's quite an honor Steve...I'll be looking into this nomination asap! Thanks so much!

  8. What an adorable photo with your son and grandchildren! I have had grits before, but prepared more of as a cereal. These are wonderful and I wish my dad had dished them up when I was a kid...delicious!

  9. My mom taught me about frying grits many years ago and whenever we have grits for breakfast, I always make extra for just this purpose! So yummy.......