Marsh Hen Mill Sea Island Blue Grits $15.95

In the South, grits are everywhere.

Today, the staple dish has many connotations: comfort or nostalgia, soul food, Southern roots. You can find them at almost every meal, whether they’re in the form of breakfast porridge or a base for savory, low country dishes like shrimp and grits. But their history goes back much further than recent memory or even the Antebellum South, when they rose to greater popularity. Early colonists making land in Virginia were presented with bowls of cooked crack corn by Indigenous peoples. This “grist” eventually came to be known as “grits.”

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For perfect grits, cook according to package directions with a ratio of 1 part grits to 4 parts water. To serve, try the traditional style: plenty of butter and a pinch of salt and pepper, or alongside bacon and eggs. Grits also pair with fried ham and a gravy made from the ham’s drippings, as well as a classic low country preparation of shrimp.

Alternatively, use these grits in any polenta recipe, particularly if you prefer a coarser texture: Try our Polenta with Shrimp and Tomatoes, our Soft Polenta, our Creamy Polenta with Savory Sauces and our Agrodolce Stewed Peppers with Polenta.

Kitchen Notes

Refrigerate or freeze after purchase.

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